<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/community http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:27:25 -0700 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:27:25 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Alameda County Fair's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:22:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/fireworkssdsan062415.jpg

Join in on the 4th of July festivities at the 7th largest Fair in California, the Alameda County Fair! The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular comes back in grand style, this time, set to live music performed by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. The Blues Festival runs all day from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m., followed by the Fireworks Spectacular at 9:30 p.m.

The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular promises to live up to its name with non-stop razzle-dazzle fireworks and will feature a Salute to Hometown Heroes Video before the show!


The Grandstand at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton


Saturday, July 4

The Alameda County Fair is open June 17 – July 15 (Tuesday – Sunday) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily


Gate Admission:

·         Adults (13-61) - $12

·         Seniors (62 +) - $8

·         Kids (6 – 12) - $8

·         Children under 6 – FREE

For more information on special ticket pricing, click here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley’s 4th of July Parade]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:23:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/2015045535c97f7c8ce.png

Make some beautiful memories this 4th of July at the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley’s 4th of July Parade, an incredible event that attracts over 40,000 attendees each year including local community residents and friends and family from areas far beyond Danville. The parade starts at 9:00 AM 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.

The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon has been the organizer of the parade in Danville since 1975. Each year, they raise funds through 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.

For more information, click here

When: July 4, 2015

Where: Danville, CA

Time: 9:00 AM 

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley’s 15th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:49:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/201*120/CareerFairSJ234567.jpg

The 15th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is the largest and best diversity and inclusion recruiting event in the United States. Multicultural/bilingual, people with disabilities, women, LGBT, veterans and mature candidates are encouraged to attend this free event. Open to the public 18 years of age and older, the career fair brings over 15 major employers including Jeppsen, Vivant Solar and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. There are hundreds of employment opportunities from entry to professional level available.

This is the second Diversity Employment Day Career Fair in the Bay Area this year, with the first in San Francisco back in May. This event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose.

For more information, click here

When: June 25, 2015

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

<![CDATA[The San Jose Rotary Club's Fireworks Celebration]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:16:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/230*120/fireworks-772x350.jpg

The Rotary Club of San Jose invites you, your family and your friends to enjoy a world-class fireworks display at Discovery Meadows in downtown San Jose to celebrate this year’s  4th of July and San Jose Rotary’s 101st year of service. Free for all, the San Jose Rotary Fireworks show is the perfect family-friendly celebration for the 4th of July.

Make a memorable evening of the fireworks show and visit some of San Jose’s finest destinations such as San Pedro Square Market. There will also be ticketed viewing parties from Bay Area radio favorites Mix 106.5 and 94.5 KBAY, Rotary Fireworks VIP event, and the Red, White and Blue Extravaganza.

For more information, click here

When: July 4, 2015

Where: Discovery Meadow

                San Jose

Time: Approximately 9:30 PM

<![CDATA[The Fremont 4th of July Parade 2015]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:36:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/202*120/556172_431601100195737_664174343_n1.jpg

Make this 4th of July one to remember with your friends and family at the Fremont 4th of July Parade. Beginning at 10:00 AM on July 4th, watch creative floats, specialty units, marching musical units and guest celebrities show their patriotic pride for our country.

This year’s theme is Rockin’ in the USA. The parade starts at Library on Stevenson and heads north up Paseo Padre, turning left onto liberty Street and ending at State Street.

For more information, click here

When: July 4, 2015

Where: Paseo Padre Parade Route


Time: 10:00 AM

<![CDATA[Frameline39 LGBTQ Film Festival at the Castro Threater]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:10:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/NBC_FL36CastroTheatre.jpg

Today kicks off one of the most anticipated film festivals of the summer: Frameline39 Film Festival. Frameline is an LGBTQ Film Festival hosted at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. Founded in 1977, Frameline is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. With an annual attendance of 60,000, the festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBT arts program in the Bay Area.

Asian Pacific America, NBC Bay Area’s public affairs show with host Robert Handa, featured three Frameline Film Festival producers and directors – Ruth Gumnit and Marguerite Salmon for their film Visible Silence and Tina Takemoto for her film Sex, Politics & Sticky Rice – where they spoke about how their film affects the Asian LGBTQ community.

See their films and many other great LGBTQ based films June 18, 2015 through July 28, 2015.

For more information, please click here

When: June 18, 2015

Where: Castro Theater of San Francisco

Time: Please see website for film times

<![CDATA[Summer Twilight Yoga at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy ]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:54:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Guadalupe_river_park+twilight+summer+yoga.JPG

Come release your stress this summer by participating in twilight yoga sessions on Thursday nights July 9th through August 27th at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Fitness instructor Kristin Strellis will lead a gentle yoga class designed to improve your flexibility, balance, and relaxation.

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beautiful nature at Guadalupe Park, along with releasing any stress you may have accumulated throughout the week. Dress in comfortable clothing. No equipment is needed.

For more information click here: www.grpg.org

When: Thursdays July 9th to August 27th

Where: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center

Time: 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM

<![CDATA[Redwood City's Music on the Square Summer Concerts]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:45:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/Redwood+City+Concerts.jpg

Summer is never complete without friends, family, and of course, great music. This summer, rock out with Redwood City’s Music on the Square. Every Friday from now until September 4, 2015, enjoy a free concert at Courthouse Square, the center of the beautiful Redwood City.

Enjoy music from a variety of bands bringing you eclectic sounds from rock and roll, to country, to rhythm and blues. Music on the Square is something the whole family will enjoy.

See the summer’s full line up here to be sure you don’t miss any of the great performances.

When: May through September 4, 2015

Where: Courthouse Square

                Redwood City

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

<![CDATA[Redwood City's Music on the Square]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:27:37 -0700 ]]> <![CDATA[Enmanji Temple Teriyaki BBQ & Bazaar]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:29:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Emanji+Temple+Events.jpg

Come celebrate the 81st anniversary of Enmanji Temple by attending two weekend events in Sebastopol, beginning with the annual 61st Teriyaki BBQ and Bazaar on Sunday July 12th and the Obon Odori Saturday July 18th.

The Teriyaki BBQ and Bazaar will feature an aray of Japanese food, activities, art, and demonstrations. Marinating and barbequing chicken is a well-known for brining families together and contributing to fundraising in the Japanese community.

Cultural activities such as a flower arranging demonstration and sale, handcrafts, martial arts, and Internment Camp and oral history displays will take place. Proceeds from the Teriyaki Bazaar will support the local Enmanji Buddhist Temple and community activities.


The Obon Odori festival event will feature traditional folk dancing outdoors on the Temple grounds with participants dressed in summer kimonos and happi coats with other Japanese accessories in hand. The audience is welcomed to join in on the dance steps.  

For more information click here

When: July 12th and July 18th

Where: Enmanji Buddhist Temple

Time: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

<![CDATA[Celebrate Japanese Heritage at the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:53:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/Japanese+Cultural+Day+Osmosis+Spa.jpg

Celebrate Japanese cultural by attending two events on June 17th at the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. These events will be in honor of the influence Japanese culture has had on the Sonoma County spa and surrounding areas and to celebrate the 30th year anniversary of bringing the Cedar Enzyme Bath from Japan to Sonoma County.

The first event will be Japanese Cultural Day held in the Japanese-style gardens at the Osmosis. This day will be an authentic cultural experience of Japanese traditions in music, tea ceremony, food, and art.

The second event will be in the evening, Local’s Night to celebrate Japanese Heritage. This will be a fun, casual event for locals to socialize over traditional Japanese food, drinks, and practices. Locals will have the opportunity to socialize over sushi and sake, drink tea from the Taste of Tea House in Healdsburg and enjoy a sword ceremony in the Zen garden along with Cedar Enzyme footbaths.

For more information click here.

When: June 17th

Where: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

Time: 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM-8:30 PM


<![CDATA[Summer Music in the Park Concert Series in Downtown San Jose]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:03:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/233*120/Music+in+the+Park+San+Jose+2nd+web+post.JPG

Do you enjoy listening to music? Come to the 27th annual world music concert “Music in the Park” on June 18th at Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose featuring upstart Freshlyground from the Republic of South Africa and classic reggae by Sister Carol of Jamaica.

Freshly ground kicks off its US Summer Tour in Plaza Park. The band is best known for singing the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” alongside Shakira. Also, their recent hit song “All Things Considered,” which topped the U.S. iTunes world music chart.

Also performing at the concert is Sister Carol from Jamaica a Grammy Award nominated artist for Best Reggae Album of 1996 “Lyrically Potent.” She is a versatile singer songwriter and deejay with12 albums to her credit.

On July 17th two top Bay Area bands: P’al Bailador and Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor will perform. Then Grammy Award winners Los Lonely Boys will close the concert series on August 28th.  There will be drinks, activities for kids and free valet bike parking.

For more information click here

When: June 18, July 17, and August 28

Where: Plaza de Cesar Chavez

                  Downtown San Jose

Time: 5:15 PM                       


<![CDATA[Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event Presented by the YWCA]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:35:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/262*120/YWCA+Walk+a+Mile+in+Her+Shoes+%282%29.png

Have you or someone you now been the victim of violence? Join San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo and San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel on June 17th at Santana Row for the Walk in Her Shoes event, presented by the YWCA of Silicon Valley.

This event is a mile long walk men participate in to raise awareness against sexual assault and domestic violence—while raising funds to provide critical support services for survivors. Prominent business leaders, elected officials, professionals, educators and students walk a mile in women’s shoes to demonstrate their commitment to ending violence.

Over 2 million women in California are survivors of rape. Support the YWCA’s effort by bringing awareness to this issue. Also, you may volunteer and sponsor the event, a participant, or a team.

For more information click here

When: June 17th

Where: Santana Row

Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

<![CDATA[Kristi Yamaguchi’s Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:55:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/200*120/Kristi+Yamaguchi.jpg

How cool would it be to have an amazing Olympic champion read you a story? Now that dream can be a reality! Come to Kristi Yamaguchi’s Reading Adventures event on June 20th at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose. This year marks Kristi’s third year participating in the event on behalf of her Always Dream Foundation.

Reading Adventures is a family-friendly celebration of literacy with celebrity guest readers, children’s authors, child-friendly activities and special entertainment. You may also enjoy Happy Hollow Park and Zoo entertainment while attending this event.

For more information click here

When: June 20, 2015

Where: Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Time: 10:00AM-4:00PM

<![CDATA[The Autumn 2015 Silicon Valley Mayor's China Trip with China Silicon Valley]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:40:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/05262015-1637-720x380.jpg

China Silicon Valley, or CSV, is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting investment and business communication and cooperation between China and the Silicon Valley. CSV works with Silicon Valley city governments to drive increased investment and job growth by facilitating talent, technology and business exchange and investment between cities and businesses in China and their Silicon Valley counterparts.

China Silicon Valley organized its first Silicon Valley Mayor’s China Trip in 2014 and a second trip in Spring 2015. Watch the video above to see the testimonial video about the 2014 Silicon Valley Mayor’s China Trip. CSV would like to invite you and your Mayor/Vice Mayor friends to join them for their 2015 Autumn Silicon Valley Mayor’s China Trip on September 19, 2015 through September 27, 2015. The trip will hit the cities of Beijing, Jiangsu Province, Shanghai and Sichuan Province in China.

For more information about the Autumn Silicon Valley Mayor’s China Trip, click here

When: September 19-27, 2015

<![CDATA[The 37th San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:01:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/IMG_5094.JPG

One of the largest, longest-running and most respected festivals of world dance and music opened today with two Hawaiian hula companies in the San Francisco City Hall rotunda.

The 37th San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival is a month-long occasion which continues through June 27 with performances of dance and music traditions from around the world at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.

The Festival will continue at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre from June 6-27, for performances featuring dance and musical traditions from China, Europe, Guinea, Hawaii, India, continental US, and Uzbekistan. Each weekend's program includes nine or ten dance performances in a two-hour show, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces


Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco


June 6-27


For more information, please click here.

<![CDATA[Donate to Send Troops to the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 17:13:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/militarytroopsstanford.png

Do you want to do something special for military troops who serve our country? What a better way than to treat them to a spectacular sports rivalry showdown! You can donate today for our troops to have the opportunity to attend the fierce rivalry game between the San Jose Earthquakes and the LA Galaxy in the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium on June 27.

The matchup has existed since 1996, with the rivalry heating up in 2001. The Earthquakes and Galaxy combined to win four MLS cups. British daily newspaper, “The Guardian,” rates the California Clasico as one of the most historic and intense rivalries the league has.

There’s no better way to show your appreciation for our troops than by providing them with a memorable and fun night. A $20 donation will send two troops to the game. All tickets purchased through these donations will be delivered to Northern California bases and military organizations via Operation: Care and Comfort.  Each package comes with benefits including a limited edition Quakes Camo Scarf. The Earthquakes will match every contribution. 

For more information click here

When: June 27      

Where: Stanford Stadium

<![CDATA[Panda Express & Feeding America's Family Day]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:57:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/panda-express-family-day.jpg

Family Day is June 8, 2015. Family Day is the partnership between Panda Express and Feeding America in the fight against hunger. Currently, 49 million people in America are struggling with hunger. One in five children in the U.S. face hunger daily. Panda Express wants to see an end this struggle. With every plate purchased on Family Day, 12 meals will be provided to those in need.

Family Day is centered around Andrew and Peggy Cherng’s  strong family values, which they founded Panda Express upon. Bringing people together to share joy is the Panda Express family’s favorite thing to do. On Family Day, join the Panda Family in the fight against hunger in America.

For more information, click here

When: June 8, 2015

Where: Your local Panda Express

Time: Local restaurant hours

<![CDATA[The 7th Annual Santana Row Summer Fashion Show with Kira Klapper]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 15:41:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/KiraKlapper.jpg

June 6, 2015 marks the 7th annual Santana Row Summer Fashion Show. This year brings an exciting venue change – for the first time, the two poolside runway shows will take place at Misora, Santana Row’s resort-style residences.

The fashion show will feature the season’s best fashions for women and men as well as style surprises and special guests. There will be two shows at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Tickets are $50 for each show and include poolside seating to view the show, access to the Beauty Lounge, pre-event champagne, wine and light hors d’oeuvers, a Passion for Fashion shopping card that entitles guests to discounts around The Row, prize drawings and in-store events.

NBC Bay Area’s Saturday morning anchor Kira Klapper will be the emcee for the Summer Fashion Show. Pets in Need, one of our Today in the Bay partners and participating in our Clear the Shelters event on August 15, 2015, will also be the beneficiary of this year’s Summer Fashion Show. 15% of all ticket sales will be donated Pets in Need.

For more information, click here

When: June 6, 2015

Where: Santana Row

Time: 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM

<![CDATA[The 17th Annual Hope Gala with Sam Brock and Gabriela Dellan]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:51:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/17749881333_f2c6a0febd_z.jpg

On May 30, 2015, the JDRF Greater Bay Area Chapter hosted the 17th Annual Hope Gala. The Hope Gala is JDRF’s most high profile networking opportunity and most successful annual fundraiser in the Bay Area. The event benefits JDRF and type 1 diabetes research and is a fun and inspirational event that offers corporate sponsors the opportunity to position themselves as social conscious community leaders.

The Hope Gala brought prominent business leaders and families from around the Bay Area to the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco for an evening of fundraising, celebration and community. As a black-tie event, the evening included a cocktail reception, presentation of the Living & Giving Award, a spectacular live auction and Fund A Cure program, gourmet dinner paied with top wines, and an after party with dancing and live music from David Martin’s House Party.

NBC Bay Area’s own Sam Brock was joined by Gabriela Dellan of Telemundo, our Spanish-language sister station, at the Hope Gala. The pair served as the emcees for the evening, helping to energize the crowd and helped make the night a huge success. The Hope Gala raised a total of $1,174,000! 

For more information about JDRF Greater Bay Area Chapter, click here

<![CDATA[Summer Season Music in the Park in Downtown San Jose]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:36:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Music+in+the+park+SJ.jpg

Celebrate musical diversity this summer at Music in the Park in Plaza de Cesar Chavez, located in downtown San Jose. This event will feature a concert series of reggae on June 18, salsa on July 17 and the Los Lonely Boys are to headline August 28.

Kicking off the summer music season are two talented reggae performers. Afro-pop sensation Freshlyground from Capetown, South Africa is a seven-piece band known for its live performance energy. Singer, DJ, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, educator, and Grammy award nominated reggae star Sister Carol of Kingston, Jamaica has 12 albums to her credit, including her latest, “Live No Evil.”

Then get ready to dance at a salsa show featuring two of the Bay Area’s top bands: Pa’l Bailador and Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor, performing on July 17. P’al Bailador, “The Dancer’s Salsa Band,” is a Bay-Area based super-group known for playing upbeat salsa music that keeps singles and couples on the dance floor all night. The 11-man group, Julio Bravo y su Orquestra Salsabor, is a unique blend of vocal styles and energetic danceable salsa that has earned them the title, “The Bay Area’s Top Salsa Band.” 

And last but certainly not least, the Grammy Award winning band Los Lonely Boys –will close the series with their “Texican” brand of rock ’n’ roll from San Angelo, Texas, to downtown San Jose.  Los Lonely Boys combines elements of rock ’n’ roll, Texas blues, soul, country and Tejano.

For more information click here

When: June 18, July 17, and August 28

Where: Plaza de Cesar Chavez

                Downtown San Jose

Time: 5:15 PM

<![CDATA[#WhyRunningRocks with the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:57:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/360x240_wrr15-info-box-360x240.png

Tomorrow is National Running Day! Rock N’ Roll Marathon invites you to see #WhyRunningRocks with the Rock N’ Roll Marathon series. Each year, more athletes participate in Rock ‘n’ Roll running events than any other running series in the United States.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is unique in that there are live bands along the entire course celebrating each participant. Runners have also raised more than $310 million for participating charities, the heart and soul of the series.

There is a distance for everyone – 5K, 10K, 13.1 or 26.2. Our local Rock ‘n’ Roll series returns to San Jose this year on September 26 and 27. Register tomorrow, June 3, on National Running Day and receive up to $20 off your registration fee!

To learn more, click here

When: National Running Day - June 3, 2015; San Jose Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Tour Stop - September 26-27, 2015

Where: San Jose


<![CDATA[East Palo Alto Library Summer Art Exhibition]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:53:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/229*120/artinaction.jpg

Come enjoy the opening celebration of a summer long art exhibition on June 2 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the East Palo Alto Library. The art work on display is by Art in Action Kindergarten through 2nd grade students from East Palo Alto Charter School and Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park.  

The exhibition is the culmination of yearlong lessons students have taken with the non-profit organization, Art in Action, where they learn about art, art history, concepts, and develop their own creative expression.

Art Programs for East Palo Alto Charter School and Belle Haven Elementary School are made possible through grants donated to Art in Action by Adobe Foundation, Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, Palo Alto Community Fund, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Donor Circle of the Arts.

For more information click here

When: June 2 through August 2015

Where: East Palo Alto Library

Time: 6:00 to 7:00 PM

<![CDATA['These Things Can Never Die' - Cantabella Children's Chorus]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:13:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/IMG_5053.JPG

The Cantabella Children's Chorus presents its 2015 Spring Concert, "These Things Can Never Die," on Saturday, June 6 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, San Ramon.

From its modest beginnings in 1992 with 11 students singing in the living room of Artistic Director Bee Chow, the Award Winning Cantabella Children’s Chorus (CCC) has now grown to serve more than 250 children rehearsing in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin. The Italian “canta bella” translates to “sing beautifully”, which describes the founding vision of CCC.


Cantabella’s focus is fostering choral artistry, music literacy, and healthy vocal technique through mastery of classical and contemporary musical compositions in a variety of languages. To provide the highest quality choral education, all of CCC’s directors and instructors are professionally trained and hold advanced degrees in music.


9015 South Gale Ridge Road, San Ramon


Saturday, June 6 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.


For tickets, please click here

<![CDATA[Growing Up Asian in America's 20th Anniversary Celebration]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:33:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/11140747_832635386791982_7556403450506679984_n.jpg

Growing Up Asian in America, or GUAA, Art, Essay and Video Contest hit a tremendous milestone in their history, this year, as they celebrated 20 years of encouraging young Asian Pacific Americans to take pride in their heritages and identities. Each year, GUAA receives thousands of submissions depicting the experiences, feelings and thoughts of young Asian Pacific Americans throughout our local and diverse Bay Area communities. See the winning art pieces of every year from 1997 through 2014 here.

There are many reoccurring and similar themes within the picture, essay, and video submissions that have spanned GUAA’s 20 years. Each theme brings up notions of identity, nationality, culture and heritage among Asian and Pacific Islander American youth. These themes include: flags, faces with dualities/binaries representing multicultural backgrounds, interlocked hands, food, music, cultural traditions and holidays, cultural gods, and so many more.

This year’s awards ceremony for the winners of the GUAA Art, Essay and Video Contest was held at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. NBC Bay Area’s own Janelle Wang and Lance Lew were the emcees of the celebratory ceremony. To see some of the highlights from the awards ceremony, click here.

As a part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, GUAA winners were also invited to attend the Asian Pacific American Heritage Luncheon hosted by NBC Bay Area at the news station. At this luncheon, NBC Bay Area talent like Raj Mathai, Robert Handa, Mike Inouye and Vicky Nguyen met and spoke with the winners who had a chance to share the story of their art, essay, or video with the audience. The Asian Pacific American Heritage Luncheon also honored five Asian Pacific Americans honorees who received recognition and an achievement award for the tireless and life-changing work they have done in their communities.

To see photos of the winners of GUAA and coverage of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Lunch, please visit here.

<![CDATA[The 15th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:29:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/255*120/careerfair01203.jpg

The 15th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is the largest and best diversity and inclusion recruiting event in the United States. Held at St. Mary’s Cathedral and Event Center this year on May 28, 2015, take your chance to speak with and meet major employers including German Motors Corporation, Hyatt Hotels and Con-way. Each corporation has hundreds of employment opportunities ranging from entry to professional level.

This event is free and open to the public 18 years of age and older. Multicultural/bilingual, people with disabilities, women, LGBT, veterans and mature candidates are encouraged to attend. NBC Bay Area will be in attendance at the career fair.

For more information, click here

When: May 28, 2015

Where: St. Mary’s Cathedral and Event Center

                San Francisco

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

<![CDATA[Wednesday Lunch on the Veranda at Montalvo]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 12:11:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Rent_Corporate12422762276.JPG

Treat yourself this summer at one of Silicon Valley’s summer traditions, Wednesday Lunch on the Veranda at Montalvo. A delicious lunch catered at a beautiful venue – what could be more enjoyable? These luncheons are sponsored by the Montalvo Service Group and begin on July 8th, 2015 through August 26th, 2015.

The Napkin Ring will be preparing the lunches and there are three seating choices (times listed below). Tickets are $45.00 with proceeds benefitting the maintenance and preservation of the Villa and grounds. Reservations are required. 

For more information click here

When: July 8th through August 26th

Where: on veranda at Montalvo

Times: Each Wednesday from July 8-August 26 at 12:00PM, 12:30PM, 1:00PM

<![CDATA[Kick-Off of the Big Lift Initiative]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 16:53:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/198*120/10653696_707011152711012_2441309971405619090_n.jpg

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, San Mateo County Office of Education and the County of San Mateo, along with their community partners, are proud to kick off The Big Lift Takes Off, San Mateo County’s nationally recognized initiative to ensure all children are proficient readers by third grade. You are invited to celebrate this high achievement with these organization tomorrow, May 27, 2015.

Big Lift grants foster an educated and diverse local workforce and can ultimately improve Silicon Valley’s economy. These grants help to provide high-quality learning experiences from preschool to third grade for hundreds of children in San Mateo County communities where reading skills lag.

Four school districts of San Mateo County – Cabrillo Unified School District, La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District, Jefferson Elementary School District, and South San Francisco Unified School District – were selected as the grant winners after a competitive public process. A total of approximately $5 million will be awarded to these school districts and preschool providers within these communities.

For more information, click here

When: May 27, 2015

Where: Joseph A. Fernekes Receration Building

               South San Francisco

Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

<![CDATA[The 5th Annual Soy and Tofu Festival]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 16:25:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/230*120/Soy+and+Tofu.jpg

The 5th annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival of Japantown, San Francisco returns this year on June 6, 2015. Presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation, this fundraising festival event supports the Nichi Bei Foundation and the nonprofit community newspaper, the Nichi Bei Weekly, promotes healthy benefits of soy bean product consumption, and enhances the public knowledge of soy and tofu products.

This exciting culinary and cultural event has witnessed tremendous growth, from 3,500 attendees in its first year to 20,000 in its fourth year in 2014. This year’s festival will feature Soy and Tofu vendors, live performances, a Soy and Tofu dessert competition, a raffle, children’s activities, and nonprofit information booths.

For more information, click here

When: June 6, 2015

Where: Peace Plaza and Buchanan Mall

                Japantown, San Francisco

Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

<![CDATA[The 21st Annual 5K Run and Walk for Lupus]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:55:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/201*120/LUPUS_mainlogo.jpg

Be a part of Northern California’s largest annual lupus awareness event and help spread awareness for the lupus community at Drumbeat to a Lupus Cure – The 21st Annual 5K Run and Walk for Lupus. Like the beat of the drum that serves as a call to action and a united march towards a mission and destination, families, patients, health providers, advocates, philanthropists and policy makers are all encouraged to join the fight against lupus.

NBC Bay Area's own meteorologist, Rob Mayeda, will be emceeing this charitable event. The 21st Annual 5K Run and Walk will benefit the Lupus Foundation of Northern California. Proceeds will help create greater lupus awareness, provide support services for lupus patients and their families, and encourage external lupus research efforts. Bring your family and friends for a fun day, and for a good cause.

For more information, click here

When: June 14, 2015

Where: West Valley College


Time: 9:00 AM

<![CDATA[Berkeley Humane Society's Pints for Paws]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 14:05:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/187*120/pints-for-paws.jpg

Kick off your summer with Berkeley Humane Society at their second annual Pints for Paws event on June 6, 2015. Bring your friends and your pooch on down to this one-of-a-kind fundraising event where 100% of the proceeds are going to Berkeley Humane to save East Bay dogs’ and cats’ lives. This event is open to adults ages 21 and up and dogs on a leash.

At Pints for Paws, sample tastings from participating beverage vendors are included with the price of admission and each tasting is a 3 ounce pour. You’ll have a chance to sample a wide mix of unique brews featuring 80 craft beers from over 20 craft breweries and meet the small, local craft brewers, cider makers and artisanal wine makers who are making this event possible. There will be delicious local food available for purchase and live music for your enjoyment.

For more information, click here

When: June 6, 2015

Where: 1050 Parker Street


Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

<![CDATA[Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association Hosts the Valor Games]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 11:49:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/230*120/vg_banner1.jpg

You can give back to veterans with disabilities by supporting the Valor Games. This sports event will be hosted on May 29 to June 1, 2015 on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, CA. It represents the partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard, Northern California Regional Paralympic Sport Program, and the Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association.

The Valor Games is for veterans with disabilities who are eligible for VA healthcare.The goal of the Valor Games is to introduce adapted sports to attendees. Some of the sports featured at the games will be archery, biathlon, cycling, powerlifting, rowing and swimming.

For more information, click here

When: May 29 to June 1, 2015

Where: Coast Guard Island Alameda, CA

Time: Click here to find event/sport times

<![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