<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities ]]> Copyright 2014 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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:06:54 -0700 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:06:54 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Future of Pop Music- Ensemble Mik Nawooj]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:15:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/EMN28.jpg

Experience The Future of Pop Music- Ensemble Mik Nawooj: A Hip-Hop Orchestra an industry social mixer & album release party for EMN on Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. This event is a celebration of innovation in popular music and culture.

This is a free event, expected attract 300+ guests, including patrons and purveyors of the arts in the Bay Area and across the nation including industry professionals & VIPs. The night will feature a performance by Ensemble Mik Nawooj, several talks from the reps mentioned, press Q&A, drinks & more.

Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a composer ensemble that performs the innovative music of Taoist composer/pianist JooWan Kim who injects Western European Classical compositional techniques into such genres as hip-hop, rock & pop, thus creating chamber hip-hop. Featuring a 7-piece chamber orchestra, 2 MCs and a lyric soprano, the group has been on ABC 7, MTV, NBC, NPR, chosen as a weekend pick in SF Chronicle, featured in SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly & more. Most recently, EMN music director JooWan Kim has been commissioned to compose 6 variations on 6 popular hip-hop pieces from the year 1993 for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 21st anniversary on November 7 & 8, 2014.

For more information,
click here.

When: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Where: San Francisco, CA

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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Pride "Honoring Our Past, Securing Our Future"]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:38:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/gayprideflags724.jpg

Silicon Valley Pride invites you to join in “HONORING OUR PAST, SECURING OUR FUTURE”.

For almost 40 years the local festival has honored the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and its allies. Held annually, festival attendees come from all over the Bay Area to participate in the festival and related events. It is the largest LGBT event held in the south bay.
The name has changed, but our commitment to celebrating the diversity of our community while promoting outreach and awareness remains the same.

This year the festival will be a one-day event taking place on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Discovery Meadow in San Jose. The festival will feature local and national entertainers, vendors, food, and fun.Sponsorship opportunities are available as well as other ways you can support Silicon Valley Pride. Custom partnerships are available to meet your company’s budget or marketing objectives.

Your sponsorship shows Silicon Valley’s LGBT community that your business celebrates diversity, supports equality, and deserves its support. Each year the Silicon Valley Pride Festival attracts thousands of guests and garners media attention from throughout northern California. The festival is advertised in local and national LGBT publications and featured on hundreds of national websites.

For more information, tickets, and sponsorship opportunites, click here.  

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014

Where: Discovery Meadow, San Jose, CA

Cost: $10 Early Bird ($15 at the door), $50 Bronze Admission (ticket and back stage access), $100 Silver Admission (ticket, backstage access, and VIP access for free drinks and food), $300 Gold Admission ( FOUR tickets that include backstage and VIP access)

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<![CDATA[The Health Trust Fresh Carts]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:39:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/635*120/Health+Trust+Logo.jpg

The Health Trust kicked off its Fresh Carts mobile produce vendor program on Tuesday, July 22nd at Cristo Rey High School. Representatives from The Health Trust, San Jose City Council, San Jose Earthquakes, and Cristo Rey High School spoke on the benefits of eating healthy and increasing access to fresh produce.

Fresh Carts is a mobile produce vendor program bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to public areas in residential neighborhoods of San Jose. “Launching our Fresh Carts social enterprise is a realization of The Health Trust’s goal to increase access to healthy foods throughout San Jose. We believe eating healthy should be fun, fresh and fast. Our Good. To Go. campaign delivers this message and launching our Fresh Carts makes this possible,” said Health Trust CEO, Frederick J. Ferrer.
 
The program provides entrepreneurial opportunities to neighborhood residents, who operate their own carts, while bringing healthy foods into low-income neighborhoods. Elisabeth Cruz, along with her husband, is among the first vendors to begin operation. “I started this project to offer healthier choices to my community because I want to help my community fight diabetes and other diseases and provide a healthier life for my children. This project is not only important to me and my family, but to the community as a whole,” said Cruz.
 
Councilmember Sam Liccardo and San Jose Earthquake Yannick Djalo advocated the importance of eating healthy and shared their support of Fresh Carts. “Eating fruits and vegetables daily is an important part of my diet; they help me stay fit and healthy enough to play soccer,” said Djalo, who played soccer with Cristo Rey students.
 
The Health Trust won Google’s Bay Area Impact Challenge in June for its proposal to create new distribution channels for affordable produce in Santa Clara County, including Fresh Carts. The Fresh Carts campaign is part of the new Good. To Go. brand of food established by The Health Trust’s Healthy Eating Initiative. Good. To Go. offers high-quality, tasty foods that fit San Jose residents’ busy lifestyles. Other Good. To Go. vendors include small farmers’ markets, healthy corner stores and community gardens.
 
For more information about Health Trust and their Fresh Carts program, click here
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<![CDATA[Alameda County Heroes Breakfast 2014]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:54:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/237*120/m27940175_2013-alameda-county-heroes_514x260.jpg

For over a century, the Red Cross has been a community leader in emergency preparedness and response. Our Heroes Breakfast honors that longstanding tradition of heroism by recognizing local individuals whose extraordinary acts make them a hero. Our heroes personify compassion, selflessness and kindness.

The annual breakfast, a gathering of more than 200 community and business leaders, raises critical funds to help support Red Cross disaster preparedness and response programs in Alameda County. The event recognizes local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of courage and kindness. This year’s honorees include the following Alameda County citizens and organizations:

Animal Rescue Heroes: Adam Cohen and Ed Coyne

While windsurfing in the San Francisco Bay, Ed Coyne rescued a swimming puppy struggling to stay above water and Adam Cohen assisted the rescue by taking the puppy back to shore on his boat. Then after several months of trying to locate the dog’s owner with no luck, Adam and his wife adopted the dog.

Community Service Hero, Organization: Community Child Care Council (4C’s)

The Community Child Care Council, also known as 4C’s, is an organization that develops collaboration among community partners and childcare providers. The organization provides critical information, which aids in strengthening families and children.

Community Service Hero, Organization: Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation

Bishop Jerry Macklin established the Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation, a 5013c nonprofit organization comprised of the Glad Tidings Church of God community. They work with a neighborhood collaborative and Hayward city officials to lead the deteriorating, marginalized community of South Hayward toward empowerment through economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and education.

Act of Courage Hero: Dan Gale

Dan Gale came to the aid of a fellow bus passenger, Sasha Fleishman, whose clothes had been lit on fire. Dan pulled the flaming skirt off of Sasha with his bare hands and remained with him until paramedics arrived. On Sasha’s first bus ride after his recovery, Dan accompanied him on the same line.

Act of Courage Hero: Philip Scholz

On his way home from work, Philip Scholz noticed a man on the ACE train tracks in Pleasanton. Since Phil was a regular commuter, he knew an express train was on its way. He called to the man repeatedly, advising him to get off the tracks. As the train approached, Phil laid down on the platform, reaching to pull the individual up and out. As the train entered the station, it struck both men. Phil was killed in the accident but the second man survived.

Lifesaving Hero: Jose Tamayo

While walking with his family on the San Leandro Marina Par Exercise Course, Jose Tamayo heard a young girl screaming for help from the water. Jose jumped into the water and rescued her from the strong currents. He then noticed a young boy floating face down, so he rushed back into the water to rescue him. The seven-year-old appeared to be unconscious, so Jose used his CPR knowledge to help save his life.

Blood Services Hero: Josie Mattos

Josie Mattos, a volunteer for the Fremont Police Department since 2009, donates an average of 600-700 hours every year to the community. One of the most notable contributions is her leadership in organizing blood drives with the American Red Cross. Since 2010, she has coordinated a total of 12 blood drives, resulting in the collection of over 600 pints of blood.

Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero: Mary Silveria

Noticing the growing homeless population, Mary Silveria, a life-long resident of Hayward, decided to take action. At age 82, whenever Mary goes out for a drive she carries a stock of non-perishable food and clothing items in her car and keeps an eye out for homeless individuals in need. She also contributes money to those in need.

Community Service Hero, Individual: Officer Tim DeGrano

Tim DeGrano has served the San Leandro community for more than 25 years as a police officer, and also helps his community by volunteering for the St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda for more than 20 years and spending his free time at the Alameda Boys and Girls Club, where he is active in fundraising events.

When: September 5, 2014

Where: Hilton Oakland Airport

Time: 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM

For more information, click here

 

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<![CDATA[2014 Morgan Hill Brew Crawl ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:07:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/5085ae07244e3.image.jpg

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Morgan Hill Brew Crawl!

Brew Crawl is a beer tasting event that is hosted by downtown Morgan Hill restaurants and retails stores.  It will feature 20 breweries, and this year your ticket includes local coupons from restaurants and retail shops! It also includes free entry into the concert at the downtown amphitheater after the Brew Crawl too!

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the day of the event. It usually sells out prior to the event day so don't wait and get your tickets early!

Tickets can be purchased online or at the following downtown shops and restaurants: Arttec Usa, Betto's Bistro, BookSmart, Continental Stitch, Fast Frame, Happy Spatula, Huntington Station, Jewel Box Morgan Hill, Just G's Boutique, Noah's Bar and Bistro, Portraits by Rebecca, The Candy Parlour, The Hill, The Music Tree, and Tryst Fashion.

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: 3rd Street and Monterey Road

Cost: $30 advanced/$40 day of event (21 and older only)

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<![CDATA[Bay Area’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Nominations]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:01:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*217/Bay+Area+SanFranBBlogo.jpg

Many companies tout themselves as being an exceptional place to work. Now is their chance to prove it. The search for San Francisco Bay Area’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,  an awards program that identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their company practices and employee engagement. Companies are assessed on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more, which culminates in the naming of San Francisco Bay Area’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For at the “academy awards of the Human Resources” gala in December of 2014.  Several companies will receive high honors as the overall Best Company to Work For and ten top performing companies. 

An assessment of each winning company’s overall ranking in each category will be provided to each winner for benchmarking. The Best and Brightest program provides year-long certified education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction amongst the best employers nationally.

The nomination deadline is September 5, 2014.  Anyone can complete the online entry form at http://www.101bestandbrightest.com/nominations/San-Francisco. Nomination forms are also available by calling 866-321-1822 x157.  Sponsorship, advertising and exhibit opportunities are also available.

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<![CDATA[Morgan Hill Farmers Market and Street Dance ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:12:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/53b4abe44d9a4.image.jpg

Live music every Thursday at the Farmers' Market and Street Dance, on the corner of Third Street and Monterey Road where you can dine outside downtown, listen to the band and enjoy the shops! 7pm to9pm. Tonights performer is The Deadlies!

Then you can pack your family a picnic and enjoy the Friday Night Music Series at the Downtown Amphitheater on the grass, and it just so happens that this Friday July 18th, features local boy Shane Dwight 6pm to 9pm!  
When: Every Thursday until August 8, 2014
Time: Farmers Market 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Street Dance 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Corner of 3rd Street and Monterey Road
For more information or to see the full list of performers,click here.
 

 

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<![CDATA[Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2014: A Taste of Sonoma]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:34:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*125/Sonoma_Wine_Country_Weekend_2014.jpg

Immerse yourself in the food and wine culture of Sonoma County at Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyards. Kate MacMurray invites you to enjoy an afternoon of strolling through the historic MacMurray Estate Vineyards property while sipping and savoring the very best of Sonoma County’s rich wines and delectable cuisine. With more than 200 wineries pouring thousands of wines, and over 60 local chefs whipping up divine pairings, Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyards delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for oenophiles and foodies alike. Informative and entertaining wine seminars, lively cooking demonstrations and so much more make for an enchanting afternoon enjoying the best of Sonoma County living. Named one of the “10 Best Wine and Food Events in the United States” by Celebrated Living magazine, Taste of Sonoma is a coveted ticket — Get yours before they sell out!

When: August 30, 2014

Where: MacMurray Estate Vineyards

             Healdsburg

Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

For More information, click here

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<![CDATA[JDRF Golf Classic & Backswing Bash 2014]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:32:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/JDRF_Summer_Classic.jpg

Chip in Fore a Cure by joining JDRF on the Greg Norman championship Wente Golf Course for the 9th Annual JDRF Summer Classic Golf and BackSwing Bash hosted by Active Charity. After hitting the course, dine and dance under the stars while enjoying four-star cuisine and Wente’s award-winning wines. Relaxed with an understated elegance, this is the perfect event to highlight your company’s philanthropic initiatives with executives and customers. Proceeds from this evening will benefit JDRF in their mission to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and it complications through the support of research. NBC Bay Area's Christina Loren will be the emcee for the evening event.

When: August 22, 2014

Where: Wente Vineyards

              Livermore

Time: 9:30 AM (Golf Check in)

            5:00 PM (Backswing Bash)

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[Growing for a Change Gala]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:41:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/5791365010_cb401c5781_z.jpg

Help the Edible Schoolyard at Hunters Point be the healthiest place for youth in San Francisco! The Edible Schoolyard at Hunters Point, established in 2008, is an organic teaching garden and kitchen program at The Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club. It is the first afterschool program in the country to become a founding affiliate of The Edible Schoolyard Project, which started in Berkeley by Alice Waters. The main objective of this program is to involve Club members and their families in all aspects of tending the garden  along with preparing, serving and eating the food  as a way to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables and develop lifelong healthy eating habits.  

Join SFPDV.com, a select group of San Francisco's premiere restaurants & private event spaces, for a festive evening of amazing food & wine, specialty cocktails, live music, raffles, live & silent auctions to benefit the Edible Schoolyard at Hunters Point. The event will be emcee'd by the Bay Area's food enthusiast Liam Mayclem & showcase sfpdv.com's celebrity chefs, owners and mixologists.

When: August 20, 2014

Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: McCormivk and Kuleto's, 900 North Point, San Francisco, CA 94109

Cost: $65 for individuals and $120 for a pair. Donations of any cost are welcomed if unable to attend.

Parking: Validated Parking Available on-site at the Ghiradelli Square Garage.  The entrance is on Beach Street between Larkin & Polk Streets.

Validation is for 90 minutes of parking for $2.50.  After 90 minutes the rate is $2.50 for each additional 20 minutes.

For tickets and additional information, click here.

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<![CDATA[CreaTV Youth Media Day]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:00:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*125/CreaTV+Youth+Media+Day.JPG

CreaTV, last year's 21st Cenutry Grant Award winner, is hosting a Youth Media Day open to youth of all ages. They will provide a tour of their Community Media Center, where they will show off their TV studio, control rooms, prop department, and show how the center functions. They will also give the kids a chance to explore their TV studio to see what a professional television station looks like and how it all works. CreaTV will also conduct a Photoshop Fun mini-workshop for the kids. The cost is $10 and the registration deadline is July 30, 2014.

When: August 2, 2014

Where: CreaTV San Jose

               255 W. Julian Street, Suite 100

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Giants Race]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:06:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/giantrace.gif

The San Francisco Giants will host their fifth annual Giant Race Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kids Race/Family Relay benefiting Project Open Hand. The race will start out in front of AT&T park and travel along the San Francisco Waterfront before returning to AT&T, where runners will cross the finish line on the field. All Half marathon, 10K, and 5K runners will receiver a special Buster Posey Bobblehead. The event will also feature a post race hang out on the field.

When: September 7, 2014

Where: AT&T Park

Time: 5:30 AM to 2:00 PM

For more infromation, click here

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<![CDATA[Call for Artist for 2015 'Hearts in San Francisco' Fundraising Project ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:30:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/sfart1hsf.jpg

The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SFGHF) announced they are now accepting submissions from Bay Area artists for the annual "Hearts in San Francisco' public art series. The selected heart artworks will be a part of the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon and Hearts After Dark evening event ay AT&T Park on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The hearts are sold and auctioned at the luncheon, with proceeds benefitting the life-enhancing programs at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (The General), the heart of the City. Design renderings may be submitted online at sfghf.net by Friday, August 1, 2014 deadline.

Artist Entry Details: Artists interested in applying must complete an application and submit with a full-color design rendering (8.5"x11" or larger) on or before August 1, 2014. Design renderings may be submitted online at sfghf.net. Artists are allowed to submit more than one design entry. Entrants must provide their own workspace, and be able to meet the artwork completion deadline of October 31, 2014. The artist info packet, which includes artwork guidelines, official regulations, and application, are available here.  

 

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<![CDATA[Mex I Am: Live It to Believe It]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:05:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/Mex_I_Am.jpg

The Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, CONACULTA, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts present MEX I AM: live it to believe itMEX I AM: live it to believe it is the first festival of its kind in the Bay Area, showcasing the best performing arts, culture, and ideas from Mexico. This four-day multi-disciplinary festival will feature some of the best Mexican performers from various genres and traditions, as well as presentations from some of the brightest and most influential Mexicans in their fields of expertise around the world.

When: July 31 - August 5, 2014

Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[Family Giving Tree Back to School Backpack Drive 2014]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:40:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*213/FGT_BtS_Drive_2014.JPG

Family Giving Tree is back with their annual Back to School Backpack Drive. They are looking for donations of backpacks, various school supplies, or monetary to help support children in need of assistance. Last year, the drive helped over 26,000 children from 190 school and agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Family Giving Tree is also currently looking for volunteers for the new warehouse facility that they were granted use of by Barry Swenson Builders. The volunteers will process the backpack and school supplies for pick up by the various participating schools and agencies.

When: June 3 to August 1, 2014 (Donations)

           July 15 to August 31, 2014 (Volunteers Needed)

Where: Various locations throughout the Bay Area

For more information on how to donate, or how to volunteer your time, click here

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<![CDATA[2nd Annual Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Awards Nominations]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:51:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/LW4949612718_5b2884bb12.jpg

Do you know an artist that deserves some recognition? Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Awards is looking for accomplished, but relatively unknown, artists living and working in Santa Clara County.  Created in honor of our community’s iconic columnist and patron of the arts Leigh Weimers, these cash awards are meant to support and encourage emerging artists.

Friends, teachers, family and the artists themselves can nominate candidates for this award. There is a minimum $2,000 unrestricted cash prize, and up to five winners will be invited to show their work and/or speak at a lunch meeting of one of the world’s largest Rotary Clubs.

Applicants may apply under the following art forms:

Visual Arts: including painting, sculpture, photography, video/film, installation, new media/computer based art, performance art and graphic design.

Music: includes instrumental, vocal and composition.

Performance Arts: includes actors, directors, choreographers, set designer, stage designers and costume designers.

(If your artistic discipline is not expressly included here, please choose the most appropriate category from the three that are listed.)

To submit an application, write no more than a 2 page statement describing the art form, why the artist or you do what you do, how the art is showcased ina 10-minute presentation, three links to work samples and where you live. (Only Santa Clara County residents are eligible.)

All nominations should be sent to info@wiemersawards.com by July 31, 2014. Notification will be sent out on August 21st. Applicant must be available to present their work to a lunchtime audience of Rotary Club members on September 17, 2014.

For more information, click here.

 

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<![CDATA[Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic 2014]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:30:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/251*120/Kids_in_the_Klinic_2014.gif

Kids in the Klinic is a volunteer-led program designed to help under served children in the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley. Its mission is to raise funds to provide much-needed oral health care for children at the dental school's clinics. Many of these children do not have access to dental care and some have extreme medical problems, birth defects or other debilitating conditions. 

Our goal is to continue to raise funds for the over $2 million Kids in the Klinic Endowment. Your gifts to this endowment and your participation in our Kids in the Klinic fundraising events will help us provide ongoing funding to address the dental needs of our community's children, from infants to teenagers.

The Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014 at the world famous Olympic Club, home of the 2015 USGA men's Amateur Four-Ball Championship, and 2012 U.S. Open. All proceeds benefit the Kids in the Klinic Endowment, which provides funding to the Hutto Patterson Pediatric Clinic and Redmond Family Orthodontic Clinic at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

When: September 8, 2014

Where: Olympic Club

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[41st Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:25:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/2014_Nihonmachi+Street+Fair_41.jpg

Back in 1973, the Nihonmachi Street Fair was hatched as an idea to provide leadership and mentorship opportunities for the youth of J-Town and to honor the Japanese-American cultural heritage. As the City’s diversity and cultural awareness has grown, so has the street fair’s focus. The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. The formula must work since the organizers estimated that over 30,000 guests participated in the 2013 event and they’re still here to celebrate its forty first year!

As in years past, the Nihonmachi Street fair will once again be a showcase for local and uniquely San Francisco talent and entertainment that spans cultural and generational genres: Taiko, hip-hop, salsa, rock, jazz, and more on two anchor stages. 

The Nihonmachi Street Fair proudly evolves to reflect the city it celebrates while staying true to its original idea: to use this event as a platform to mentor Asian-Pacific American youth and foster their leadership and communication skills through volunteerism and community service. The event is produced, staffed, and organized by youth volunteers, thus providing practical, hands-on experience in collaboration, entrepreneurship, and problem solving. 

The Nihonmachi Street Fair is proud of its history in serving the community through education, service, and youth mentorship. As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Nihonmachi Street Fair receives a grant from the San Francisco Grants for the Arts Program but must rely on income generated through advertising revenue and sponsorship to underwrite fees, expenses, and logistical costs associated with producing this annual community celebration. We are excited to present at this year’s event: 

Children’s World – an interactive area for families and their young children with Asian-inspired crafts and a focus on fun and games. 

Asian Artisans – a wide variety of artistic talent from all over the Bay Area. From traditional raku ceramics, bonsai, Hawaiian inspired beef jerky and much more. The Asian Artisan area is an eclectic showcase of creativity.

Doggie World – for the 3rd time, a gathering place for the four-legged members of our community to join in on the fun. Local animal experts and adoption agencies will also be on hand to offer tips and information. Proceeds from the 3rd Annual Doggie World Parade will be donated to the San Francisco Friends of Animal Care & Control and local rescue organizations.

Entertainment – two anchor stages (Webster Street Stage & Clear Channel Outdoor Stage), showcasing Asian & Pacific American performing artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The Nihonmachi Street Fair entertainment is the best ticket in town to see veteran and up and coming artists. Don’t miss the traditional Chinese Lion Dance, Hawaiian halau (dance) groups, taiko performances, Japanese dance. R&B, Rap, Jazz, rock and more!

This year we are also welcoming long-time supporter and past Aloha by the Bay performer, 2 time Grammy nominee, Nathan Aweau. Nathan will be performing at the Clear Channel Outdoor Cultural Stage on Sunday, August 3rd at 4pm. 

New Features for this year - Sounds of Thunder Car Show - featuring muscle cars & vintage trucks &1st Annual No. CA Adult Co-Ed Basketball Tournament

The Nihonmachi Street Fair is a community celebration that brings together the diverse APA communities and applauds the many nonprofit organizations that provide important programs and services to our families. It is a place where artists and musicians can showcase their talent and be a launch pad for up and coming individuals/groups. 

We are an organization that sees the importance of our youth and provide an opportunity for them to volunteer, be a part of the planning process and become the leaders of tomorrow.

 

When: August 2-3, 2014

Where: San Francisco Japantown

Time: 11 AM to 6 PM

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[Kohl Mansion"s 100th Year Anniversary ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:10:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/kohlmansion.jpg.JPG

Come help blow out the candles and celebrate Kohl Mansion's historical 100th year birthday party! The afternoon event will feature music, mansion tours, a classic car show, and more. Grab a slice of cake while enjoying proclamations presented by community leaders and public officals.

Special Birthday Party Festivities will include:

  • Proclamation by US Representative and Mercy Alumnae, the honorable Jackie Speier
  • Proclamation by the Mayor of Burlingame, the honorable Michael Brownrigg
  • Classic Car collection provided by the Eric G. Lundquist and the Richard Murray families
  • Live music provided by the 60-piece West Bay Community Band
  • Birthday cake by Studio Cake; Photo booth by Verducci Entertainment
  • Period costumes and participation by the Burlingame Historical Society
  • Historical docent tours by Catherine Wilkinson

For more information, click here.

When: Sunday, August 3, 2014

Time: 1 - 3 p.m.

Where: 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA

Cost: Free and open to the public

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<![CDATA[Obon Odori Bay Area Festivals]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:45:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/obon04_peartrishadam_39.jpg

Obon Odori festivals are happening all throughout the Bay Area. This community outdoor dance honors those who have passed, and return to earth once a year to enjoy the earthly pleasures. Traditionally, summer festivals are held throughout Japan in the Temple grounds during the months of July and August to celebrate Obon Odori

2014 Berkeley Buddhist Temple Bon Odori: Berkeley Buddhist Temple Obon is an annual event to commemorate our ancestors. Traditionally, lanterns are hung in front of houses to guide the ancestors' spirits, obon dances (Bon Odori) are performed, and food offerings are made at house altars and temples. Everyone is invited to participate.

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Berkeley Buddhist Temple 2121 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

2014 San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Obon Festival: This family event is a cultural event of authentic ethnic food, entertainment and traditional Japanese folk dancing.  If you enjoy sushi, udon, corn, beef & chicken teriyaki, etc.

When: July 12-13, 2014 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Where: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin / Jtown - 5th Street Japantown

2014 Monterey Peninsula Buddhist 68th Annual Temple Obon Festival Day-long entertainment features martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremony, Japanese dancers, and Taiko drumming. 
In the evening, the colorful Obon Odori, or community Japanese folk dancing, takes place. The day wraps up with a raffle drawing and a grand prize. The Obon Festival is a free event, donations accepted.  Parking is available across the street from the Temple. 

When: Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, 1155 Noche Buena St., Seaside, CA 93955

2014 Enmanji Buddhist Temple Obon Odori Sonoma County: Enmanji Buddhist Temple Obon Odori happens in July. They have split up their Obon Festival into different days - Teriyaki Bazaar is one week earlier on July 13th.  The Bon Odori dance will be the week after. 

When: Teriyaki Bazaar, July 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Obon Dance, July 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.   Obon Service, July 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Enmanji Buddhist Temple, 1200 Gravenstein Hwy., South, Sebastopol, CA 95472

2014 Mountain View Buddhist Temple Obon and Bazaar: The Mountain View Buddhist Temple Bazaar and Obon is a two-day event featuring Obon dancing, Japanese and American foods, carnival games for the family, cultural exhibits, bookstore, flower shop, homecrafts store, children's crafts and taiko performances.  

When: July 19-20, 2014. Saturday: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.   Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

76th Annual Ginza Bazaar & Obon Odori Street Festival: The San Francisco Buddhist Church will be holding its annual Ginza Bazaar in July. The Ginza Bazaar will feature many food booths such as teriyaki chicken, sushi, udon, BBQ ribs, curry, and homemade baked goods. In addition, silent auction, children's games, boutique featuring many homemade crafts and clothing, tea salon, and bingo. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a kendo (Japanese martial art of swordsmanship) demonstration and Japanese kamishibai (storytelling) performance.

When: July 26 - 27, 2014. Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

 Share photos from all celebrations to @bayareaproud #Obon2014

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<![CDATA[Fremont Festival of the Arts]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:35:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Fremont_FotA.jpg

The Fremont Festival of the Arts is celebrating 31 years of fun in the sun. The Fremont Festival of the Arts is the largest two-day street festival west of the Mississippi with an attendance of approximately 385,000 and at least 650 artisans. The Festival hosts a wide variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family; over 700 top-quality artisan booths delight the most discerning shoppers, music lovers enjoy continuous music featured on three stages, children are thrilled with the many games and activities found in “Kid City”, and Gourmet Marketplace offers gourmet specialties for the discerning cook. Admission to the Festival is free for everyone.

When: August 2 & 3, 2014

Where: Downtown Fremont

Time: 10 AM to 6 PM

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[PAL Blues, Arts & BBQ Festival 2014]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:14:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/232*120/Blues_website-300x155.png

The Redwood City PAL Blues, ARTS and BBQ Festival, presented by the Redwood City Police Activity League, brings the best of the blues to Courthouse Square in Downtown Redwood City on Friday July 25th and Saturday July 26th. The festival features musicians from the Bay Area and beyond including Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Aki Kumar Blues Band, Tebo, Ms. Taylor P. Collins, and many more. Bringing wonderful live music, a family area with an inflatable play land for children, along with delicious food, this free festival showcases Redwood City’s Courthouse Square, as well as Redwood City’s enticing downtown merchants and restaurants.

In its eight year, the PAL Blues, ARTS and BBQ Festival also boasts some of Northern California’s finest meat offerings, to satisfy even the most discerning barbecue officiando’s cravings. Plus, the unique artist booths of ART on the Square will fill the square with stunning art on Friday evening and all day on Saturday. What a better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day than to revel in Redwood City’s glorious weather, while savoring great Blues Music, Art, food and drink!

Proceeds from this fun and exciting family festival will directly benefit the important programs of the Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL). Beginning this summer PAL will offer full day Summer Camps to youth throughout the community in an effort to help prevent summer learning loss.

For more information on the festival, click here.

When: Friday, July 25, 2014 and Saturday, July 26, 2014

Time: Friday: 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Downtown Redwood City, CA

Cost: Free admission. Raffle tickets will be available to win great prizes with 100% benefiting PAL and its programs. The raffle will also feature a grand prize of a brand-new electric guitar signed by the Saturday performers.

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<![CDATA[Downtown San Jose Music in the Park]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:33:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/233*120/IMG_0597_2.JPG

Tickets are now on sale for this year's Downtown San Jose Music in the Park, produced by San Jose Downtown Association. Two concerts are scheduled for this summer's concert series at various downtown San Jose parks.

On Thursday, July 17th, join Live 105.3 and see The English Beat, Finish Ticket, and The Holdup. 35 years after first forming as The Beat, Dave Wakeling continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public and his new songs. Fans of The Killers and The Strokes will love the indie rock sensibility of San Francisco's The Finish Ticket who will play the middle set of the night. San Jose natives The Holdup will perform their unique blend of indie/reggae/pop as part of a Music in the Park homecoming set to open the evening starting at 5:15pm.

Thursday, August 21st will feature Pete Escovedo Orchestra and La Santa Cecilia at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. Pete Escovedo headlining for his 18th appearance at Music in the Park. Escovedo is an artist who broke the barriers between smooth jazz, Salsa, Latin jazz and contemporary music more than 50 years ago and always delivers an amazing live show, complete with a jazz orchestra and family members in tow. 2014's Best Latin Rock Album Grammy Award Winner's - La Santa Cecilia - return to San Jose by popular demand - following  a sold out, dance-til-you-drop show at the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest in February.

For more information on Music in the Park, or to purchase tickets click here.

When: Thursday July 17, 2014 and Thursday August 21, 2014

Time: 5:15 p.m.

Where: 7/17 at St. James Park, San Jose. 8/21 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose

Cost: $10 advanced/ $20 day of event. Children 12 and under free with supervising adult.

 

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<![CDATA[Christmas in July: Santa's Ho-Ho-Ho Down]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:36:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/274*120/XmasinJuly.jpg

Join Christmas in the Park for their largest fundraiser of the year, Christmas in July. This year they are rolling out a western theme and have some amazing BBQ courtesy of Cosmopolitan Catering. Enjoy a glass of wine or a beer from Gordon Biersch, live music from the Garage Band, a robust, a wild west photo booth and shooting gallery, and much more. Have a great night out in Downtown San Jose and support Christmas in the Park.

When: July 19, 2014

Where: Circle of Palms

Time: 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[15th Annual Oakland A's Root Beer Float Day]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:36:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/As_RootBeerFloatJPG.JPG

The Oakland A's Root Beer Float day will return for its 15th straight season. Meet your favorite Oakland A's players, local celebrities, and various Bay Area radio and television personalities as they serve Root Beer Floats. All money raised will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Since 2003, the A's have raised over $353,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through Root Beer Float Day.

When: July 23, 2014

Where: O.Co Coliseum

Time: 5:05 PM to 7:05 PM

For more information, click here



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<![CDATA[Rotary Club of San Jose Brings Fireworks Back to Downtown ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:19:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fireworksREVrcsj.png

Silicon Valley’s most prominent and established service club, the Rotary Club of San Jose, is bringing fireworks to Downtown San Jose for the first time since 2008.

The Rotary Centennial Fireworks Show will take place over Discovery Meadow July 4 at 9:15 p.m.
 
The Rotary Centennial Fireworks are being staged as a gift from the Rotary Club to the community to celebrate the Club’s 100-year anniversary and serve as a fun and safe alternative to illegal fireworks.
 
“Hosting a world class fireworks show for San Jose is one of many gifts from our Club to the community to celebrate the Club’s 100-year anniversary,” said Carl Salas, President of the Rotary Club of San Jose. “We are grateful for the support of the City and the County and we are particularly pleased at the collaborative effort shown by these two organizations in bringing back this sorely missed and much anticipated community event.”
 
The show is supported by grants from Rotary, all 10 councilmembers and the mayor of the City Of San Jose, the Office of Cultural Affairs, County Board of Supervisors, and the following generous sponsors:
 
PG&E, Adobe, Kaiser Permanente, Focus Business Bank, Silicon Valley Capital Club, Comcast, NBC Bay Area, Telemundo, VTA, Catered Too, Orloff-Williams, Green Team, Green Waste, KLIV, KEZR and Mix 106.5.
 
More information on the show can be found at www.rotaryfireworks.org.
 
About Rotary Club of San Jose: The Rotary Club of San Jose is Silicon Valley’s most active and well known service organization. Since it was founded in 1914, members have volunteered more than 3,000,000 hours for community and international service while being at the forefront of efforts to build the infrastructure and social fabric of the community. Most importantly, more than 4,000 business and community leaders have shared the fun and fellowship of being members of the Rotary Club of San Jose while upholding the ideals of humanitarian service and high ethical standards. www.SJrotary.org
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<![CDATA[Connoisseurs' Marketplace ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:41:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/38075_445295836060_2175339_n.jpg

What could be more sublime than spending a pleasant summer day strolling down a cool tree-lined street, sipping a glass of delicious wine or craft beer, admiring world-class art, watching talented chefs prepare fabulous dishes, noshing succulent food and enjoying music all along the way. It's the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors and the multitude of world-class festivals that make summer such a special time of year in the Bay Area.

Menlo Park's longtime signature contribution to the festival landscape is its popular annual mid-summer Connoisseurs' Marketplace, which this year celebrates its 28th year with a spectacular extravaganza on July 19-20, 2014. It promises to be a sun-splashed weekend featuring 250 of America's top artists, two days of stellar live music, engaging chefs' demos, fabulous food and drink, artisan specialty food purveyors, a collector car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, and tons of fun for kids.

Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, large crowds are expected to pour onto the downtown streets for this vibrant celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free. Take a leisurely stroll down charming, tree-lined Santa Cruz Avenue and experience a world-class sampler for the senses.

For more information, click here. Or call 650-325-2818

When: July 19-20, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Santa Cruz Ave. between El Camino Real and Johnson St., Menlo Park, CA

 

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<![CDATA[Rose Deadheading]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:57:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/photorose707.jpg

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is looking for volunteers to remove spent blooms at the Heritage Rose Garden, on Taylor and Spring streets. Join a group of volunteers every second Tuesday of the months of July through September from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and enjoy free ice cream in the Garden following each session.

To sign up, email colunteers@grpg.org or call 408-298-7657. Additional Information on the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy can be found at www.grpg.org.

When: Secon Tuesday of each month. (July 8, Aug. 12, and Sept. 19)

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Taylor and Spring streets, San Jose, CA

Ages: 15 years old and older



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<![CDATA[Episcopal Senior Community Celtic Cup and Fashion Show]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:07:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/221*120/St.+Paul%27s+Towers+Close+Up1.JPG

Six beautiful and vibrant women in their 80's and 90's, from St. Paul's Towers in Oakland, model Eileen Fisher's 2014 Spring collection at the Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation’s (ESCF) annual fundraiser supporting affordable services for low- income seniors.   

St. Paul's Towers is one of the 10 Episcopal Senior Communities in northern California supporting life-changing services for seniors. Each year the proceeds from the Celtic Cup help provide service for low-income and isolated seniors. ESC’s Senior Resources programs break down the walls of isolation, provide emergency funding and connect more than 12,000 seniors with a vast network of resources to help them live vibrant, happy and healthy lives. ESC’s affordable senior housing communities provide more than 1,000 low-income seniors with a quality home life, community and a network of support.
 
One project that will be supported by this year’s Celtic cup proceeds will be a WanderGaurd System at ESC’s Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto, giving seniors the ability to safely live independently.
 
This year the Celtic Cup had nearly 300 participants taking part in the fashion show luncheon, the golf tournament and the evening dinner and live auction. With over 110 golfers, they were able raise over $20,000.  
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<![CDATA[23rd Annual Bike 4 Breath]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:14:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/bike-4-breath-47.gif

The 23rd annual Bike 4 Breath is more than just a cycling event. It's a day full of fun where riders of all levels come together to support clean air and healthy lungs. Cyclists raise funds for asthma education, lung disease research, and clean air advocacy in support of the work of Breathe California Golden Gate Health Partnership and Breathe California of the Bay Area.

This year, Bike 4 Breath will start and end at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo. Three route options include a family friendly 10 mile route, a 30 mile intermediate route, and a challenging 65 mile route for the cycling enthusiast.

When: July 12, 2014

Where: Coyote Point Park

              San Mateo

Time: 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[Berkeley Kite Festival]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:53:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/247*120/Kite+Wrangler+Fish.JPG

Kites aren't just for kids any more. Experieince the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You'll find something for everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival. From the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses, to the free Kite Making and Candy Drop for kids, you do not want to miss this year's Annual Berkeley Kite Festival.

The free festival will be July 26 and 27 at Ceasar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina. Some highlights of the festival include the Worlds Largest Octopus Kite, kite flying lessions, Team Kite Ballet, Taiko Drummer, food and music, amd much more.

When: July 26-27, 2014

Time: 10 am - 6 pm

Where: Ceasar E. Chavez at the Berkeley Marina

Cost: Free admission

Parking: Parking at the Marina is $15, Overflow at Golden Gate Fields is $15 and includes a free shuttle to and from the festival. Proceeds support local charities.

For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[Splashdown 45: 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:26:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/161*120/Splashdown+45+Apollo+11+45th+Anniversary+2014+Save+the+Date.jpg

The USS Hornet Museum is hosting a celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the epic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Splashdown 45 commemorates the flawless recovery of the three astronauts, moon rocks and command module by the aircraft carrier USS Hornet CVS-12. There will be an assortment of special artifacts displayed, including a moon rock, a flown Apollo spacecraft, and a real mobile quarantine facility used to isolate astronauts when they return from the Moon. Guests will have a chance to meet Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two humans to walk on the Moon.

When: July 26, 2014

Where: USS Hornet Museum

            Alameda

Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

           6:00 PM to 10:30 PM (Special Reception)

For More information, click here

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<![CDATA[4th of July in the Bay Area]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:53:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/21352_552278774836608_470226605_n.jpg

Still looking for something to do for the 4th of July holiday? Take a look at some events going on around tha Bay Area.

Danville's Kiwanis July 4th Parade: The event attracts over 40,000 attendees including local community residents as well as friends and family from areas far beyond Danville. The 2014 Parade starts at 9:00am and runs from the corner of Hartz Avenue and Railroad Avenue, continues down Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard and ends at the corner of San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sycamore Valley Road.

Fremont 4th of July Parade: Thousands of people will watch the star spangled excitement of creative floats, specialty units, marching musical units and guest celebrities! This patriotic parade will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp and is expected to take just under two hours to pass spectators along route starting at the Fremont Main Library.

Downtown San Jose Rotary Centennial Fireworks: Bring a blanket, lawn chairs or other items to make your visit comfortable. Anything that may block the view of the fireworks, such as umbrellas, must be removed an hour before sunset. Picnic baskets with food and drinks are welcome in Discovery Meadow but please note that San Jose police officers will be enforcing the city’s alcohol prohibition in the park. The show will begin after dark at approximately 9:30 PM. You will need a portable radio to hear the musical accompaniment (will not be timed properly with streaming cell phones).

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<![CDATA[TAIKOZ: Asian Thunder From Down Under]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:12:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/280*120/TaikOz.jpg

Sonoma County Taiko and Sonoma County Matsuri are proud to present "TAIKOZ in Concert - Asian Thunder from The Land Down Under." It is sponsored by Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League.

TaikOz is the premier taiko drumming ensemble based in Sydney, Australia. Since 1997, TaikOz has developed a reputation for dramatic performances that couple explosive energy and extreme dynamism with refinement and grace. Although they have performed across the globe, this is their first ever appearance in Northern California. This show will be the only one prominently featuring TaikOz during their Northern California tour. 

There will be two shows: 2:30 Matinee Dress Rehearsal and 7:00 Evening Show. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) for the matinee and $30 ($35 at the door) for the evening show.  There will be an additional $5 parking fee for campus parking.

When: July 11, 2014

Where: Evert B. Person Theater

            Sonoma State University

Time: 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[Hot San Jose Nights]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:57:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/5431687_orig6.jpg

Calling all car guys and gals! If you appreciate beautiful cars or love showing yours off, you want to be a part of the 6th Annual Hot San Jose Nights. The family fun event brings together car enthusiasts to show off an incredible array of vintage custom hot rods, muscle cars, sleep sports cars, and more. Come out to Reid-Hillview Airport on Saturday, July 12th to see the wide variety of cars both new and old.

Enjoy great food and live music throughout the day. Bring chairs and coolers and get ready for a fun day in the sun showing off your car. Car will be displayed inside the airport grounds and S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Festival is happening out front and is perfect for kids.

On Friday night you can join other on a cruise to the Drive-In for a special viewing of American Graffiti. The drive will start at the Reid Hillview Airport and end at the Capital Drive-In six miles away. Only open for vintage hot rods, street rods, and special interest cars both new and old. Click here for more information on the cruise.

For more information or to register your car for Hot San Jose Nights, click here.

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Time: 9 am - 4 pm 

Where: San Jose Reid Hillview Airport, San Jose, CA

 

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<![CDATA[San Francisco "Color Our World With Pride"]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:58:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/In_Love12.jpg

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee is excited to announce the 44th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration (SF Pride), to take place Saturday and Sunday, June 28th and 29th. Annually, the two-day event is the largest free gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation; with nearly 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 community-produced stages and venues. The crown jewel of the weekend is the Pride Parade on Sunday morning; and with over 230 contingents registered for 2014, organizers are planning for another spectacular year. Notes George Ridgely, Executive Director of SF Pride, “As with each celebration, we are honored to dedicate a weekend of merriment and commemoration to the courageous work of the LGBT community members and supporters who tirelessly advocate for equality and inclusion every day of the year.”

 
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee invites you to join in the weekend of activities as we “Color Our World With Pride”; and enjoy yourself as you witness the nation’s largest LGBT Pride Parade and celebrate with us at one of the many community stages at San Francisco’s Civic Center. Attendees and spectators are asked to assist in the year-round mission of SF Pride, and in support of more than 60 local nonprofit community partners, by donating $5 to $10 at the entry gates.
 
Grandstand seating is available for the Parade, and SF Pride will host its annual VIP Party at City Hall on Sunday, June 29th from 2:00 PM– 5:00 PM; tickets for both are available at sfpride.org. Speakers, entertainers, and special guests at this year’s event include: New York Times bestselling author Janet Mock, popular TV personality Ross Matthews, DOMA litigator Roberta Kaplan, former Congressman Barney Frank, fashion correspondent EJ Johnson, renowned comedian Marga Gomez, Billboard Top 10 artist Debby Holiday, Iceland’s electrifying Steed Lord, South African-born attorney and human rights activist Melanie Nathan, San Francisco musical natives The She’s and Katdelic, and much more. TheGrammy award-winning Mexican synthpop band Belanova will be performing at the Latin Stage on Sunday, June 29th.
 
A complete list of activities, entertainment, and event information can be found at sfpride.org.
 
When: June 28 and 29, 2014
Time: Parade (June 29th) at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Market & Beale and ends at Market & 8th Street in downtown San Francisco
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<![CDATA[Obon Odori Celebration in Sonoma County]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:59:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*131/obon+photo.jpg

On Saturday July 19th Enmanji Temple will host Obon Odori celebration. This community outdoor dance honors those who have passed, and return to earth once a year to enjoy the earthly pleasures. Traditionally, summer festivals are held throughout Japan in the Temple grounds during the months of July and August to celebrate Obon Odori

Preceding Obon on Saturday July 19th will be dance practices for anyone interested in participating. The practices will be from Tuesday, July 15th through Friday, July 18th from 7-9PM each evening and will take place at Enmanji Memorial Hall. This event is open to the public and free.     
Udon noodleswith a rich earthy broth and freshly bakedimagawa yaki a sweeten bean filled pastry will be available for sale beginning at 7PM.
 
Cultural dress returns with this annual event, women, men and children wear kimonos and cooler cotton yukata,or happi coats. The public is encouraged to also dress-up and take pictures. If you require assistance tying your obi, please arrive early as community member will be able to assist. Similar Bay Area events will be held in San Francisco, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Mt View, Union City, Alameda, Oakland and the largest being held in San Jose hosting several thousand dancers with two evenings of dancing.
 
When: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Enmanji Buddhist Temple, 1200 Gravenstein Hwy. So. Sebastopol
Share photos from all celebrations to @bayareaproud #Obon2014
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<![CDATA[Enmanji Temple Celebrates 80 Years in Sonoma County]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:59:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/DSC_0783.jpg

2014 commemorates the 80th Anniversary of Enmanji Temple in Sebastopol and celebrating this milestone, Enmanji will host two weekend events beginning with the 60th Annual Teriyaki Barbecue and Bazaar on Sunday July 13th.

The community is invited to enjoy a barbecued teriyaki chicken lunch (hot or cold), and other Japanese delicacies including the crowd-favorite imagawayaki a sweeten bean filled pastry resembling a small stuffed pancake, sushi, kushi yaki and locally made desserts. 

Cultural activities will fill out the rest of the event featuring an impressive bonsai display from the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society, extensive outdoor plant sale with garden specialists to answer your botanical questions on care and maintenance, master Ikebana flower arranging demonstration and sale, Buddhist dharma talks and Temple tour, games for the kids, handicrafts, raffle drawing, bingo, cultural arts displays, martial arts demonstrations and two Sonoma County Taiko performances during the event.

Proceeds from the Teriyaki Bazaar will support the local Enmanji Buddhist Temple and community activities. The huge Teriyaki chicken plate features half chicken, steamed white rice, homemade potato salad, tea and fortune cookie is all for $12.

When: Sunday, July 13, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Enmanji Buddhist Temple, 1200 Gravenstein Hwy. South and Elphick Road, Sebastopol, CA

Cost: Parking and admission is free. A plate is $12.

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<![CDATA[Fremont 4th of July Parade]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:00:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/ParadePic.jpg

On Friday, July 4, 2014, thousands of people will watch the star spangled excitement of creative floats, specialty units, marching musical units and guest celebrities! This patriotic parade will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp and is expected to take just under two hours to pass spectators along route starting at the Fremont Main Library.

This year's Grand Marshal is Zac Soares. A young boy that was diagnosed with a rare muscle disease called Dermatomyositis back in 2007. Since then he has spent his time educating others on the disease and being a normal kid.

Fremont 4th of July is also looking for a local superstar to kick off the parade with the National Anthem.  If you or someone you know can sing the Star Spangled Banner a cappella, have them submit an audition video to auditions@fremont4th.org by June 15. They will all be reviewed and the top ones will be chosen for final judging.

For more information, click here.  

When: Friday, July 4, 2014

Time: The parade begins at 10:00 a.m.

Where: It starts at Fremont Main Library continues on Paseo Padre Parkway and will end on Capitol.

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<![CDATA[Danville July 4th Parade]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:01:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*123/image.aspx.jpg

 

 

Kick off your 4th of July holiday with the Kiwanis Danville July 4th Parade. The event attracts over 40,000 attendees including local community residents as well as friends and family from areas far beyond Danville.  The 2014 Parade starts at 9:00am and runs from the corner of Hartz Avenue and Railroad Avenue, continues down Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard and ends at the corner of San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sycamore Valley Road.

Each year, the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley raises funds though parade sponsorships, entry fees and community service projects. To date, over $1,000,000 has been raised and donated to local community service organizations in the San Ramon Valley. 
The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley has been the organizer of the parade in Danville since 1975.  The parade current draws 30,000 to 40,000 people, making it the largest single event in the Bay Area. 

For more information, click here.
When: Friday, July 4, 2014

Time:
Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. Spectator chairs may be placed on the parade route as early as 6:00 p.m. on July 3rd

Where: It starts at Hartz Avenue and Railroad Avenue

 

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Olympic Day]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:02:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/edmunds_o1xz85ud_z2ouieq8610.jpg

San Jose youth are invited to Sharks Ice San Jose to attend a special ice skating clinic on Monday, June 23rd. Students will spend the afternoon with US Figure Skating start, 2014 Winter Olympian, and local celebrity, Polina Edmunds. She will led the skate clinic along with Sharks Ice Coaches as well as discuss her journey to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The clinic is limited so sign up fast! To sign up, contact Carrie Benjamin at the San Jose Sports Authority at carrie@sjsa.org.

When: Monday, June 23, 2014

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Sharks Ice San Jose, 1500 S 10th Street, San Jose, CA

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<![CDATA[Montalvo Summer Luncheon]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:02:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*148/MontalvoSummerLunch.jpg

The Montalvo Service Group hosts their famous Summer Luncheons each year in Montalvo's historic Villa. Lovely wine and salad lunches are featured every Wednesday from July through August. Dine al fresco on the front and side veranda of the villa, just as Senator Phelan and his guests did nearly a century ago! Seating times are at 12:00, 12:30 and 1:00 pm; Reservations fill quickly.

Visitors also enjoy a fashion show at each lunch!

When: Every Wednesday, July 9 - August 27, 2014

When: Montalvo Historic Villa

Time: 12:00 PM; 12:30 PM; 1:00 PM

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[Help Finish Phase One of the Asian Community Garden]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:06:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1517717_722527777809920_6704686175167614048_n.jpg

 If you want to meet new people, enjoy the sunshine, and be a part of something historic is San Francisco now is your chance! Join the Green Initiative for Asian Families (GIAF) to help finish phase one of the first Asian community garden organized by the Asian community in San Francisco. Create a green space that will help new immigrants live healthy lifestyles, grow and share fresh produce. The green space will have features to be enjoyed by people of all backgrounds.

Help is needed to finish mulching the one acre site. After the mulching is complete, the building phase will begin. This means planter boxes will be available and plants can begin to grow.

You must be physically able to do light garden work including bending, stretching, and light lifting in an outdoor setting. Any training will be done by appropriate staff and will be specific to your assigned work area. Light food and refreshment will be available.

When: Saturday, June 14, 2014 
 
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
Where: 1 Diana St., San Francisco, CA 94124
For more information or to register, click here . Or call (415) 373-0896.
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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Diversity Employment Day Career Fair]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:47:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Silicon+Valley+Career+Fair.JPG

City Career Fair & Diversity Recruiter Networks bring their highly successful Diversity Employment Day Career Fair to the South Bay. The Diversity Career Fair is the largest Diversity and Professional level Career Fair in the nation and will offer employment opportunities for professionals in management, engineering, sales, accounting, administrative, government agencies, IT, healthcare and marketing. Many of Silicon Valley's top employers are looking to fill 100s of positions. Admission to the event is free.

When: June 25, 2014

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose

             2050 Gateway Plaza

Time: 11 AM to 3 PM

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[2014 La Familia Community Engagement Award Nominations]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:18:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/2013+Familia+Ramirez652014.jpg

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley annually recognizes an inspirational familia with La Familia Award. Their goal is to recognize everyday Latino familias that are performing extraordinary community activities through their volunteerism in community engagement. They want to identify the tireless "unsung heroes" that are committed to  making our community a better place.

Requirements are:

  • The nominated family must be current residents of Santa Clara or San Mateo counties.
  • The nominated family must be a Latino family (50% of the adults must be of Latino heritage).
  • The nominated family should demonstrate active community volunteerism and engagement. (Evidence that the nominated family had made a valuable impact in community volunteer and engagement service to the community.)

  • The nominated family would positively exude Latino family and cultural values. Evidence that the nominated family serves as role models, whose contributions have inspired others to give back to the Hispanic community.

La Familia will be honored at the 25th Silver Anniversary, Hispanic Foundation Ball Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the San Jose Fairmont.

Deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, June 30, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. For an application, click here.

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<![CDATA[8th Annual East Bay AIDS Walk]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:40:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/EBAW-2013-G038.jpg

The East Bay AIDS Walk was originally organized in 2005 with the intent to provide funding to local HIV/AIDS Service Organizations, Community-Based organizations and Faith Based Organizations, who provide HIV education, testing, and treatment in the East Bay Area. As we enter our 7th year for the East Bay AIDS Walk, we continue to be attacked by endless budget cuts for HIV/AIDS services. These consistent budget cuts, have forced the entire employee base from providers throughout the East Bay to take matters into their own hands.

The first East Bay AIDS Walk consisted of over thirty-five friends and supporters who walked around Lake Merritt, and successfully raised over $9,000 with 100% of the funds they raised going directly to the organizations who participated in the Walk.

This past year, at the 7th Annual East Bay AIDS Walk, we were successful in having over 750 participants and volunteers for the event. The event raised over $75,000 to help support local East Bay AIDS Service providers.

This grass-roots effort is unique to the East Bay AIDS Walk. This event is a community driven, community-benefit walk. The funds raised by the Walkers go directly to non-profit organizations who participate in the Walk to support the programs and services they provide in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Walk is coordinated by a steering committee comprised of volunteers from community-based organizations and local corporations.

The East Bay AIDS Walk is a HIV education awareness and fundraising event for the East Bay AIDS Advocacy Foundation, a 501 c non-profit organization also comprised of an all volunteer Board of Directors.

When: June 21, 2014

Where: Lake Merrit

Time: 8:30 AM

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[Frameline38]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:18:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*130/castro6220142.jpg

Frameline38 returns to the Bay Area as the 38th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival on June 19-29, 2014, with its signature showcase of the world’s leading queer cinema. Frameline38 unites diverse communities for 11 days of innovative and socially relevant cinema. Discover emerging talents and embrace an unparalleled community of festival-goers at the world’s first and largest celebration of queer cinema. Frameline38 pays tribute to LGBTQ experiences through pioneering documentaries, gripping features, delightful shorts, cinematic classics, and more.
 
Frameline38 runs June 19-29, 2014, with San Francisco screenings at the Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater and the Victoria Theatre, and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood. The Festival includes international imports from China, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea, as well as local gems.

Tickets go on sale to members on Friday, May 23, and to the general public on Friday, May 30.

When: June 19-29, 2014

For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets, click here.

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<![CDATA[American Red Cross San Francisco County Heroes Nominations]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:11:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/197*120/ARCBA.jpg

Do you know someone whose extraordinary act of courage helped them save a life and made them heroes?  The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is calling on all local residents and companies to nominate individuals and organizations, whose extraordinary acts of courage or community service have made a difference in San Francisco County. These heroes, nominated by the public, will be recognized at the San Francisco County Heroes Breakfast on September 25, 2014 which raises money for the local Red Cross Chapter’s lifesaving programs and services.  The nomination deadline is June 27, 2014.

For more information, click here

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<![CDATA[Rotary Centenninal Fireworks]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:14:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/230*120/fireworks652014.jpg

In celebration of its 100th year downtown, the Rotary Club of San Jose is thrilled to announce this gift to the community: a spectacular professional fireworks display this year on 4th of July. Come to Discovery Meadow Park surrounding Children's Discovery Museum and see the San Jose cityscape glow with color and excitement during the show.

Bring a blanket, lawn chairs or other items to make your visit comfortable. Anything that may block the view of the fireworks, such as umbrellas, must be removed an hour before sunset. Picnic baskets with food and drinks are welcome in Discovery Meadow but please note that San Jose police officers will be enforcing the city’s alcohol prohibition in the park. The show will begin after dark at approximately 9:30 PM. You will need a portable radio to hear the musical accompaniment (will not be timed properly with streaming cell phones).

When: Friday, July 4, 2014

Time: Show begins at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Where: Discovery Meadow Park, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA

For more event information, visit www.rotaryfireworks.org and for additional safety information, visit www.sccfd.orgThis is a zero- waste event.

 
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<![CDATA[Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:53:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/170*120/Mariachi+Vargas.JPG

The internationally acclaimed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, which has been hailed as "the best mariachi in the world," comes to San Jose. They will be performing with special guests Yolanda Del Rio and ballet folklorico group Los Mesitzos de San Jose.

Originally founded by Don Gaspar Vargas, Manuel Mendoza and two violinists in the town of Tecalitlan, Mexico in 1898, this mariachi group has since starred in more than 200 movies, recorded dozens of albums of pasodobles, valses, bailables, polkas, and danzones, as well as collaborated with various artists including Juan Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt.

Recently, the Houston Grand Opera turned to the ensemble’s legendary leader, Jose “Pepe” Martinez, to write the score and collaborate with librettist Leonard Foglia in creating the world’s first mariachi opera, “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (“To Cross the Face of the Moon”), which premiered to sold-out houses in Paris, Houston, Chicago and San Diego.

When: June 28, 2014

Where: City National Civic

Time: 8:00 PM

For more information, click here

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