<![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 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:47:33 -0700 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:47:33 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Tackling the Odds Charity Golf Tournament ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:57:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/200*120/156688_171540209535698_6514756_n.jpg

Work toward enhancing the livelihoods of at-risk youth throughout the Bay Area at the 1st Annual Tackling the Odds Charity Golf Tournament. Register now for the Monday, September 29th Golf Tournament at Oakhurst Country Club. Funds raised through the golf tournament and auction will go towards the Tackling The Odds scholarship program, the inspirational speaker series, community outreach programs, and sports programs.

Participation, donations and sponsorships at the 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament will open more doors for Tackling The Odds to engage young hearts and minds. Tackling The Odds and the children who are served by the non-profit will cherish all donations immensely.

Founder of Tackling The Odds, Sam Williams, a former Oakland Raider and Bay Area native strives to give back to the community that raised him. Williams was inspired to establish his non-profit in 2009 following the passing of his close friend and teammate Marquis Cooper. Cooper, who along with Williams shared a passion for community engagement, devoted many hours to working with underserved youth during his tenure as an Oakland Raider. Tackling The Odds provided a way to honor Marquis’ legacy by mentoring the Bay Area's children raised in troubled environments. The children who are dealing with loss, violence, exposure to drugs and abuse will soon be responsible for our future. Tackling the Odds is committed to providing these kids with threads of hope and opportunities.

When: Monday, September 29, 2014

Where: Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Dr., Clayton, CA 94517

<![CDATA[Redwood City Salsa Festival]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:31:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/1309_Salsa_134.jpg

Redwood City is going to be sizzling during its 7th annual Salsa Festival on September 27th. Multiple stages featuring a variety of Latin Music, including Salsa and Jazz, will fire up Redwood City with music and dancing all day long.

Plus, this year we’ve expanded our cultural offering with an additional Reggae Stage. Amateur and professional Salsa Chefs will compete for fun, prizes and Salsa Glory, at the mouth watering and exciting Salsa Tasting & Competition, where the public takes part in the judging. Public tasting is from 12-5pm, but come early to be sure to sample the most popular! Along with tasty salsa, local restaurants will also offer their delicious fares throughout the day.

The festival features public Tequila Tasting, FREE hands-on art projects, a Children's Play Area complete with bounce houses, and much more. Redwood City's Salsa Festival guarantees a fun-filled day of tongue-tingling salsa, great activities, music, entertainment, dancing, food, beverages, and a wonderful time for the entire family from noon until 8 pm.

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time: 12 - 8 p.m. 

Where: Courthouse Square, Redwood City

Cost: Free admission

For more information, click here

<![CDATA[Asian Health Services Gala]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:06:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Clinic+photos+008.jpg

 Join NBC Bay Area's Robert Honda at Asian Health Services Gala celebrating 40 years of service in the community. The September 27th dinner event is being held at the renowned Paramount Theatre in Oakland. The night's entertainment will be provided by Hiroshima. 

The 2010 Grammy-nominated Hiroshima creates a truly original sound. Featuring the luscious sound of June Kuramoto's koto, and the interwoven fabrics of Jazz, Japan, Salsa and more. After 30 years in the business the band continues to push the envelope and remain innovative, genuine, and extraordinary. 

The mission of Asian Health Services is to serve and advocate for the medically underserved, including the immigrant and refugee Asian community, and to assure equal access to health care services regardless of income, insurance status, language, or culture.

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time: 6 - 9 p.m.

Where: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Cost: $125-1,000

For more information, click here

<![CDATA[San Francisco County Heroes Breakfast 2014]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:21:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/237*120/m27940178_2013-san-francisco-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 community and business leaders, raises critical funds to help support Red Cross disaster preparedness and response programs in San Francisco County.

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Where: Sir Francis Drake, 450 Powell Street, San Francisco

Time: Registration – 7:30 a.m.

Program – 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

For more information, click here

<![CDATA[Save The Bay Coastal Cleanup Day 2014]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:43:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*166/Save+The+Bay+Logo.jpg

Be a part of something big: Join Save The Bay and participate in this exciting, state-wide day of cleaning up the coast! Started in 1985, this event has prompted Californians to remove a total of more than 12 million pounds of trash from our state's shorelines, according to the National Park Service.

In partnership with REI and the East Bay Regional Park District.

Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. You must fill out the online registration form below to register yourself or a group of 10 people or less.

If you need more information about this or other events or if you would like to sign up a group larger than 10 people please contact Alexis Fedele at (510) 463-6809 or email bayevents@saveSFbay.org.

No experience necessary. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Each event is led by Save The Bay staff certified in first aid and CPR.

For more information, click here

When: September 20, 2014

Where: MLK Jr. Shoreline in Oakland or

            Coyote Creek in San Jose

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

<![CDATA[10th Annual Comedy For Kids Fundraiser]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:35:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*247/Comedy+for+kids+fundaraiser.jpg

The Youth Connections Foundations presents the 10th Annual Comedy for Kids Fundraiser. Comedy for Kids benefits Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services programs, Fit Camp and Digital Arts. 

Comedian Paul Rodriguez headlines the Comedy for Kids Fundraiser which also features local comedians Kabir Singh and Lydia Popovich. Attendees can bid on dozens of items at the silent auction and enjoy a no-host bar and light refreshments. The event will also honor NBC Bay Area News Reporter Damian Trujillo.

For more information, click here

When: September 19, 2014

Where: SAP Center

Time: 6:00 PM

<![CDATA[The Health Trust Launches Good. To Go. Initiative]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:38:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/10645016_10150404903024971_4639552431979015019_n.jpg

The Health Trust, its partners, and elected officials will celebrate the launch of the Good. To Go. initiative and showcase the first "conversion" of a San Jose corner store on September 17th, 2014, 10am-11am with NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo as emcee. Emit Mini Mart is the first local food retailer to convert part of its floor space to provide fresh, fun and healthy food to a wide array of San Jose residents.

This is a fundamental shift away from the increasing health hazards of processed, sugary foods delivered to the nation’s kids. We expect to have local elected officials on hand, as well as local Latino radio personalities. Good. To Go. is also part our overall effort to provide healthy food to deprived neighborhoods via Fresh Carts. That effort won The Health Trust The Google Bay Area Impact Challenge in June 2014. 

Many San Jose neighborhoods rely on local corner stores and mini marts for their food purchases – businesses where snack foods and sugary beverages are plentiful while fresh fruits and vegetables are scarce.  The Health Trust Good. To Go. initiative is changing this by increasing the number of places where fresh and healthy foods can be conveniently and affordably purchased and, equally importantly, by marketing these new “fun, fast, fresh” foods as a superior competitor to packaged convenience foods.  Emit Mini Mart is one of dozens of stores participating in the initiative through healthy makeovers.

 When: September 17th, 2014,

Time: 10am-11am

Where:  Emit Mini Mart, 1492 Almaden Road, San Jose, CA 95125

<![CDATA[4th Annual Teen Volunteer Fair: Connecting Students with Non-Profits]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:55:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/lexus600x410.jpg

 Lexus of Stevens Creek continues to show its commitment to the community by investing in the future of teens in the Bay Area. The luxury car dealer is partnering again this year with more than 50 local charities to host the 4th Annual Teen Volunteer Fair on Saturday, September 20th. More than a thousand students and parents are expected and will have the opportunity to meet face to face with representatives from a variety of non-profit groups at Lexus of Stevens Creek in San Jose.

“Our mission is to connect high school students who are looking for volunteer opportunities this school year with charities that are making a positive impact in our community,” says Vice-President and General Manager Jared Miller. “It’s a great opportunity for students to get a taste of what it means to volunteer.”

Participating non-profit organizations include American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Breakthrough Silicon Valley, Family Giving Tree, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Humane Society Silicon Valley, The Marine Mammal Center, The Tech Museum of innovation and many more!

Le Boulanger and Nothing Bundt Cakes will be providing free breakfast items for attendees, and Lexus of Stevens Creek will also be raffling off an iPad Mini. The event is free!

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 9 am - 12 pm

Where: Lexua of Stevens Creek, Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose, CA 95117

Cost: Free 

For more information, click here. 


<![CDATA[Morgan Autism Center's 13th Annual Conference ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:43:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/170*120/RIGHT-SIZE-SAVE-THE-DATE-1.png

Save your spot for Morgan Autism Center's 13th Annual Conference! Hear from doctors and specialist from around the country touch on topics such as fostering positive parent-professional relationships, the latest in research, affordable housing, treatment strategies, and more. The all-day event will be Saturday, September 20th at Campbell Heritage Theatre. 

With more than 40 years of experience, Morgan Autism Center is the San Francisco Bay Area's leading provider of individualized educational services for people with autism. Chosen by more than 26 area school districts in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco and Alameda counties, Morgan Autism Center promotes an educational philosophy (Morgan Autism Center Model) that mines the best techniques from multiple developmental and educational models, and applies them to the individual needs of all students. The result is a nurturing, joyful environment that focuses on constant program optimization to deliver greater opportunities for student success.

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Where: Campbell Heritage Theatre, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Cost: $135 for single conference admission 

For more information or to register, click here. 

<![CDATA[Veterans' Victory Velo and Hopfest 2014]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:57:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*231/V3Hopfest+2014+poster.jpg

As in previous years, the Veteran’s Victory Velo (V3) bicycle ride will be held for serious and recreational cyclists alike to help severely wounded veterans through the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation. There will be three different rides to choose from ranging from a 30-mile recreational ride, a 60-mile intermediate ride, or the now famous 100-mile Devil Mountain Century Ride over Mount Diablo. 

At the conclusion of the ride early on the afternoon of the 20th, ride participants will be invited to remain in the finishing area, and will be joined by other residents of our area for the second annual Hopfest Celebration benefiting the DVSR Rotary Foundation. This celebration will include a wide variety of food from Food Truck Mafia, music, fun activities, and of course the opportunity to taste craft brews from 20 breweries from Northern California.

For more infromation, click here

When: September 20, 2014

Where: 2600 Camino Ramon

             San Ramon

Time: 6:00 AM to 5 PM

<![CDATA[Dog Days of September Adoption Event]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:44:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/245*120/oasLogo.jpg

It's the Dog Days of September at Oakland Animal Services! Come meet the canine love of your life while we waive adoption fees for Pitbulls and Chihuahuas (and Pitbull and Chi mixes) the month of September!* OAS has so many dapper dogs and pretty pups of all shapes and sizes available! So come visit OAS! 1101 29th Avenue Oakland.

*$35 donation is suggested. Free adoptions to qualified homes. Please review requirements on and see open hours at the shelter on their website.

For More information, click here

<![CDATA[Anne & Marks Art Party 2014]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:33:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/artparty_logo_footer.png

 Anne & Mark’s Art Party: An Occasional and Irrational San Jose Arts Fest

Some say it’s an “Art Exhibition” others say it’s a “Happening”.  It’s been described as, “Mad Max meets Moulin Rouge”,  “Burning Man meets Venice Biennale.” Some say, it’s better than… anything they’ve ever experienced…and we won’t argue with that.

It all began in 2007, when we got the idea to convert our downtown house into a gallery and invite our friends and family to showcase their talent, and invite all their friends, family and fans for a “One Night Stand for the Arts”.  We said we’d never do it again.  But we did.  Each time the past artists and guests invited their friends, family and fans, and each time it grew bigger.

We’ve gone from one night to one week, from our house to a warehouse, and now to the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. We now have hundreds of artists and thousands of guests and the only thing we need is…YOU!

For more information, click here

When: September 20 - 25, 2014

Where: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

<![CDATA[9th Annual Nor-Cal Swing Dance Challenge: Keep 'Em Swingin']]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:33:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/One+Flap+Down+Foundation.png

The West Coast Swing University is hosting their 9th Annual Nor-Cal Swing Dance Challenge and is using their platform to support the One Flap Down Foundation. The event is all day and will feature performances of professional swing dances, swing dance workshops, and a silent auction. Participants will also get a chance to dance with former San Francisco Giants' outfielder Jeffrey "HacMan" Leonard.

NCSDC will be holding a silent auction, raffle, presentation, and donating contest entry fees to the One Flap Down Foundation. One Flap Down is an organization that supports single parents with breast cancer.

For more information, click here

When: September 20, 2014

Where: Lake Merrit Dance Center

             200 Grand Ave, Oakland

Time: 11:30 AM to 12:00 AM

<![CDATA[Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:58:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/TalkReadSing.png

Local business and community leaders, including the Bay Area Council, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Kaiser Permanente, today announced a campaign to better prepare Oakland’s children for success in school and beyond. The campaign is in partnership with Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of San Francisco-based Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

The campaign, titled ‘Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing’, aims to close the “word gap“—a difference of about 30 million words that children in high-income families hear from parents and caregivers by their fourth birthday, compared to those in low-income families. The fewer words children hear and learn, the more likely they are to experience an achievement gap, which persists through the preschool and kindergarten years and has a life-long impact on health and well-being. Parents and caregivers can help close the word gap by talking, reading and singing to their children from birth every day.

Research shows that there is a lack of awareness about the importance of talking, reading, and singing to children among low-income families. According to a March 2014 survey of low-income parents, grandparents, and caregivers in Oakland, only 43 percent of low-income parents reported telling a story to their child on a daily basis; only 49 percent sang to their child daily; only 42 percent played a non-electronic game; and only 52 percent read a book each day.

These activities have been shown to have a profound impact on the early learning of very young children, whose brains develop approximately 80 percent of their capacity by age three. 

The “Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing” campaign will consist of:

A community-wide multi-media campaign to highlight for parents and caregivers how simple actions done every day from birth—like describing objects seen during a bus ride, asking questions, singing songs, reading aloud, or telling stories—can significantly improve a baby’s ability to build vocabulary and boost children’s brain development. Creative materials were developed by the Bay Area Council in partnership with Goodby Silverstein & Partners. The campaign, which will run for the next three months, includes television commercials and radio spots, prompts like “Let’s Talk About the Bus” on billboards and bus shelters around Oakland, as well as a new clothing line for babies and toddlers produced by clothing retailer Oaklandish and distributed by local partners.

A targeted and intensive campaign at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland to run for the next three years.  This campaign is supported by Lynne and Marc Benioff who have donated $3.5 million to Too Small to Fail to create a model program for how children’s hospitals can actively address the word gap as a health issue. 

Through this campaign, when parents come to the hospital they will see messages in the lobby, waiting rooms and exam rooms that will prompt them to talk, read and sing to their children to build vocabulary.  Parents will leave the hospital with materials to help them, including: 1)  a “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” toolkit being produced by Sesame Street; 2) information on how to sign up for Text4Baby, a free mobile health service for pregnant women and new mothers that will send them regular reminders and information about early brain development and the importance of talking, reading and singing to their young children;  and 3) the clothing materials outlined above. When needed, families will also be connected to the hospital’s family resource desk so that they can learn about critical services and supports.

This program will be evaluated by the USCF Philip R. Lee Health Policy Institute, and lessons learned will be used to spread the program to San Francisco and to children’s hospitals around the country.

A broader campaign to distribute teaching materials and prompts for parents throughout the community. Local organizations, churches, libraries and health care providers will distribute the “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” materials directly to parents and caregivers. Pediatricians and health care providers at clinics and hospitals will also talk to parents about early literacy using clinical toolkits developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  And as part of this effort, Kaiser Permanente has made a commitment through the Clinton Global Initiative, to provide these materials to all new babies born in their medical center in Oakland and to all children during well-baby visits.

“We were astounded to learn that by three years of age, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthiest and poorest families,” said Lynne and Marc Benioff. "Closing the word gap is critical to ensuring all kids are set up for success in school and in life."  

“There’s no bigger difference we can make in children’s lives than stimulating their brains during the first five years,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of Bay Area Council. “We’re thrilled to partner with Too Small to Fail on this exciting campaign. The thousands of children that will benefit from ‘Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing’ could be the next Steve Jobs or Henry Kaiser, leading a new generation of invention, progress and prosperity.”  

“Through programs like “Reach Out and Read”, many of our doctors and nurses have been talking to their families for years about the importance of reading aloud to their children from an early age to build their cognitive and emotional development,” said Dr. Bert Lubin, President and CEO of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. “But when we see reports like the one produced by Oakland Reads 2020 showing that fewer than half of children come to kindergarten in Oakland with the skills needed to succeed, we know there is much more we must do. With this campaign, we’re engaging in an innovative effort to increase the tools and services we provide to parents so they can help their children do better in school, and have better health." 

“A significant number of Oakland’s babies are born at Kaiser Permanente hospitals each year,” said Janet Liang, Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. “We recognize the role early childhood development plays in an individual’s health later in life. By providing the ‘Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing’ tools to Oakland families, Kaiser Permanente is making a strong investment in the community’s health.”

“Our children deserve the best chance we can give them to succeed,” said Jim Steyer, Chair of the Board and Co-Founder of Next Generation. “And all parents want their children to succeed. Research tells us it’s simple—every word counts, and the more parents talk to their young children, the more those children learn.  This campaign will help Oakland’s parents realize their power to make a real difference in their children’s lives, and that’s a great thing.”

Additional partners responsible for developing and launching the campaign include First 5 Alameda, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and Oakland Public Libraries. And while not directly connected, this campaign reinforces the Talk.Read.Sing. TV and radio campaign started by First 5 California in spring 2014.

Parents and others can learn more by visiting www.talkreadsing.org. Additional samples of the creative campaign will be made available to members of the press upon request.  

<![CDATA[The Mexican Museum & New Millennium Towers Mural Commission]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:35:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/203*120/mexican_museum.jpg

The Mexican Museum, announces that the Museum, in conjunction with Millennium Partners, is working with Precita Eyes Muralists Assoc., Inc. to conduct a community-oriented design process that will result in a mural that will grace the barricade fence at the 706 Mission St. construction site. 

This will be the new home of The Mexican Museum and Millennium Partners’ Residential Tower in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District. The Mexican Museum is the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American and Latino art, culture and heritage.

“Our new museum facility is joining a renowned, richly diverse community of well-established museums, institutions, and businesses in the Yerba Buena Garden Arts District,” said Alfredo Pedroza, member of The Mexican Museum’s Board of Trustees and director of the mural project. “Launching a community-oriented design process for the mural planned for the construction barrier is a dynamic way of engaging local stakeholders, as well as our new neighbors in the future Millennium Tower.” 

“As a partner in this project, we want to create an interesting public environment, promote the new home of The Mexican Museum and build excitement as we get closer,” said Sean Jeffries, Vice President of Millennium Partners. “Visitors and residents alike will have a visually compelling point of reference as the construction of the Museum’s home takes shape.”

Precita Eyes Muralists Assoc., Inc., led by founding director Susan Cervantes, will oversee the design process for the mural, whose purpose is to artistically announce The Mexican Museum’s future home. According Cervantes, first steps in the process involve convening local community organizations and Museum stakeholders throughout the Mission District.

“Our design process will include input from such leading organizations including Galeria de La Raza, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and some of the schools in the Mission District and around the Yerba Buena Gardens area,” said Cervantes. “We also look forward to partnering on the mural design with such important institutions including St. Patrick Church, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.” 

“On behalf of The Mexican Museum and our esteemed associates at Millennium Partners, we are very excited about the prospect of using art to announce that the Museum is moving to San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District,” said Andrew M. Kluger, Chair of The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees. “This new mural will not only tell Bay Area residents and visitors to the area that ‘The Mexican Museum is Coming Soon,’ but it will also enable us to build closer ties to local communities and institutions while enhancing the construction area.”

Groundbreaking for the new home of The Mexican Museum is currently slated for early 2015, with the new facility expected to open in 2018. During construction The Mexican Museum will remain open at its current location at Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. For more information, please visit http://www.mexicanmuseum.org or call (415) 202-9700.

<![CDATA[American Heart Association Heart Walk 2014-2015]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:54:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*137/heart_walk2014.png

The American Heart Association is binging their Heart Walks 2014-2015 to the Bay Area. The Heart Walk celebrates those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the dollars needed to fund life-saving research and initiatives in our local community. You can find a list of events down below:

September 17, 2014

Redwood City at Marine View Park at Oracle

11:30am to 1:00pm

Features NBC Bay Area Morning News Anchor Scott McGrew


September 19, 2014

Downtown San Francisco at Justin Herman Plaza

11:30am to 1:00pm

Features NBC Bay Area Meteorologist Christina Loren


September 21, 2014

San Ramon at Bishop Ranch 8

8:30am to 11:00am

Features NBC Bay Area Reporter Bob Redell


October 2,2014

Downtown Oakland  at Snow Park

11:45am to 1:00pm

October 11, 2014

KLA-Tencor Campus

1 Technology Drive, Milpitas

Features NBC Bay Area Investigative Reporter Vicky Nguyen


November 5, 2014

UCSF Medical Center Parnassus Campus


For more information, click here

<![CDATA[AACI Char-a-oke Night]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:36:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/171*120/aaci_logo_full_blue.jpg

Come join Asian Americans for Community Involvement for a festive evening of networking, diverse buffet stations, and fun entertainment where community leaders (our local celebrities) will sing karaoke to help fund AACI’s programs. NBC Bay Area's traffic reporter Mike Inouye will be on hand at the event. Please RSVP by September 1st.

For more information, click here

When: September 20, 2014

Where: Santa Clara Convention Center

Time: 5:30 PM

<![CDATA[2nd Annual Swing for Cancer Therapies Golf Tournament]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:51:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*125/WingGolf2014Logo.jpg

Join Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies Foundation for a beautiful day on the links for the 2nd Annual Swing for Cancer Therapies Golf Tournament. The event will feature plenty of activities and prizes for a fun-filled afternoon. NBC Bay Area's Jessica Aguirre will be the emcee for the event. The event raises money for the foundation.

The mission of the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation is to provide cancer patients, during their treatment period, with financial assistance for complementary healing services.

Though there are many hundreds of healing therapies and wonderful treatment options, the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation focuses on the 5 therapies that its Founder experienced during her cancer journey. They are: Acupuncture, Acupressure, Therapeutic Massage, Guided/Visual Imagery, and Deep Breathing Meditation. These have been proven to be therapeutically beneficial in many  scientific studies. These healing therapies can provide relief for  neuropathy, anxiety, stress, aches, fatigue, nausea and pain.

The foundation is a 100% all volunteer organization. It is established for cancer patients in the Tri-Valley region of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

For more information, click here

When: September 15, 2014

Where: Castlewood Country Club

Time: 10:30 AM

<![CDATA[San Francisco Junior Giants' Day 2014]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:12:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*168/JrGiants-BofA_logo.jpg

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Junior Giants program, the Giants Community Fund will welcome more than 4,000 Junior Giants players and coaches to the ballpark for the annual Junior Giants Day. Junior Giants will participate in a pre-game parade around the field before watching the San Francisco Giants take on the Philadelphia Phillies. During the pre-game ceremony, Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey will recognize the Junior Giants "Willie Mac" Awardees for their outstanding contributions and participation throughout the season.

The Junior Giants Willie Mac Award, named in honor of Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, is the "junior" version of the annual award presented to a Major League Giants player as voted by his teammates and coaching staff. The award is presented to the Junior Giants players who best exemplify the Junior Giants Four Bases of Character Development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork.

For more information, click here

When: August 17, 2014

Where: AT&T Park

Time: 11:50 AM

<![CDATA[2014 Lafayette Art and Wine Festival]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:04:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*193/AW-Festival-4x5-ad-Diablo-Arts-071514-498x600.jpg

The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, held each year on the third weekend in September, is the largest event in Lamorinda and one of the five biggest outdoor festivals in Contra Costa County. Over 50,000 attended in 2010, strolling among stalls of art, handmade crafts, sampling foods from top local restaurants, and enjoying quality wines and microbrews.  We are a four time winner of the Diablo Magazine Best of the East Bay’s Best Festival – including winning in 2013. Admission to the festival is free to the public.

For more information, click here

When: September 20 - 21, 2014

Where: Downtown Lafayette

Time: 10 AM to 7 PM

<![CDATA[JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Santa Clara 2014]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:52:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Crowd+at+Walk+with+foam+fingers.jpg

The JDRF Walk is an impactful way to raise money for critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and show your support for the millions of people affected by this serious disease.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin — a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure. That's why JDRF holds more than 200 Walks across the country every year to raise money for JDRF — the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end T1D.

The JDRF Walk has raised more than $1 billion through the hard work and generosity of supporters like you. Every dollar JDRF directs toward research comes from our donors. So, the more our walkers raise, the closer we get to reaching our goal of a world without T1D.

For more information, click here

When: October 18, 2014

Where: Great America

            Santa Clara

Time: 7:30 AM

Photo Credit: Patrick Nugent/ Camera 1]]>
<![CDATA[Tabemasho 2014]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:35:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/JCCNC_Tabemasho.jpg

Join the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California at their annual event, Tabemasho: Matsuri, as they celebrate with festival foods that have helped to bring the community together as a thriving place for all generations!

Tabemasho: Matsuri will be the largest fundraising event of the year helping to support the primary mission of their organization, which is to preserve Japanese cultural and historical traditions, heritage and values.  By preserving the community, its history and cultural traditions, we create a sense of place where we can develop new leaders inspired by the generations that came before us.

The event will feature food tasting from renowned Bay Area chefs and restaurants, including tastings of popular ramen broths and noodles, sake and shochu tasting and homemade Nikkei comfort foods.  The event will also feature a silent and live auction comprised of hundreds of unique items and experiences. 

The JCCCNC serves all ages and diverse clientele of over 185,000 people annually through its classes, programs and community events.  Each year, they host over 100 on-going classes, programs and special events featuring an array of cultural arts, social, recreational and educational classes for all ages and backgrounds.

For more information click here

When: September 20, 2014


             1840 Sutter St.

             San Francisco

Time: 4 PM to 8 PM

<![CDATA[Out & Equal Workplace Advocates]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:20:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Out+Equal.jpg

Founded by Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The organization has grown significantly with dramatic increases in attendance for the annual Workplace Summit, the expansion of regional affiliates across the United States, and many global initiatives. Out & Equal has created numerous programs to advance its mission, including the first Global Summit in London, the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit, the LGBT Executive Forum and Leadership Celebration, bimonthly Town Call seminars, Regional Affiliate networks across the United States, and the world’s largest LGBT Employee Resource Group Registry.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful—so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone.

For more information, click here

<![CDATA[The 34th Annual Comedy Day]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:43:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*132/Comedy+Day+logo.jpg

Comedy Day is the original, longest-running, free outdoor comedy concert. This year it features 40 (or more) of today's top performers from the Bay Area and beyond. It was founded in 1981 as a way for Bay Area comics to say thank you to comedy fans for their support and to The City that has nurtured so many comedians. Since then, more than 750 of the world's funniest performers have given the gift of laughter to more than a half-million people at Comedy Day.

Comedy Day also provides outreach programs. Comedy workshops teaching conflict resolution through the use of humor are available for Bay Area public schools throughout the year. We can also arrange for comedians to perform for charitable organizations/benefits, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and hospices throughout the Bay Area.

Comedy Day has no salaried administrative staff and relies solely on the efforts of our volunteers. We derive income from donors, vendors, sponsors and SF Grants for the Arts.

For more information, click here

When: September 14, 2014

Where: Sharon Field

            Golden Gate Park

Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

<![CDATA[Sonoma Plein Air Festival 2014]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:37:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Sonoma_Scenes0016.jpg

Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Sonoma Plein Air Festival, a week-long community celebration from September 15 – 20, 2014!

Not only will you meet nationally renowned plein air artists and watch as they create Sonoma County-specific works of art, but you’ll also experience Sonoma during its inspiring and awesome harvest.

Purchase one-of-a-kind paintings knowing that your purchases make possible art classes in Sonoma Valley schools. Without your support these classes would not be offered. 

Come and enjoy our community as you’ve never before seen it, meet the artists, and change lives with your support.

Imagine our world without art.

On second thought, don’t. Instead, please support art education for Sonoma Valley students.

Schedule of events: 

September 15-19: Plein Air Artist Paints, Throughout Sonoma County 

Tuesday, September 16: Quick Draw, Sonoma Plaza

Friday, September 19: Gala Dinner and Auction, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

Saturday, September 20: Art Sale & Community Festival, Sonoma Plaza

For more information, click here. 

<![CDATA[Bay Area/Oakland Diversity Employment Day Career Fair 2014]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:00:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Diversity+Career+Fair.jpg

City Career Fair Productions and Diversity Recruiters Network are hosting their annual Bay Area/Oakland Diversity Employment Day Career Fair. The career fair will give job seekers a chance to meet with hundreds of local and national companies face-to-face in order to maximize your opportunity for employment. Business attire is highly recommended to provide the best possible first impression, while bringing plenty of resumes to hand out to possible employers. Admission is free to the public. Professional dress is required.

For more information, click here

When: September 10, 2014

Where: County of Alameda Training and Education Center

             125 12th Street, Suite 400

             Oakland, CA

Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

<![CDATA[San Jose Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon 2014]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:55:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/San+Jose+Rock+N+Roll+Half+Small.jpg

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series returns to the Silicon Valley for another year of their annual San Jose Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon. The two-day event features a 5K and a post-race party on Saturday. On Sunday, the event featues the signature half-marathon and 10K and post-race concert. Runners that complete an Saturday and Sunday event will receive a special Remix Challenge Medal.

For more information, click here

When: October 4 - 5, 2014

Where: Downtown San Jose

Time: 8 AM

<![CDATA[4th Annual Silicon Valley Veterans Ball ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:36:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*213/10365987_676166049118644_5321051714809985907_n.jpg

You are invited to the 4th Annual Silicon Valley Veterans Ball! This year will be even more exciting,  with the return of our Charity Silent Auction, Door Prizes, special guests including NBC's Damian Trujillo as the night's MC… and new this year a Casino Night Fundraiser!

Celebrate and support VSSA. The outcomes of the programs improve the lives of veterans, who earned and deserve assistance and support!

You have the option to purchase a table, sponsor program space, and purchase tickets.

Tickets can be purchased at VSSA, 14630 Noble Ave, San Jose 95132, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m or online. 

Please note: If you are purchasing your tickets online, you will not receive paper tickets. You will receive a receipt for your tickets upon payment. Your name and meal choice will be placed on the guest list, which will be used at event check-in. 

If you are purchasing your tickets at Noble House, your paper ticket is required for admission.

San Jose Airport Garden Hotel is offering discounted room rates of $79/ night (plus tax) for the evening of the Ball. To make reservations, please reserve online here or contact them directly at (408) 793-3300. Please remember to mention you are attending VSSA's 4th Annual Silicon Valley Veterans Ball.

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. 

Where: San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, 1740 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95112

Cost: $50 - 500


<![CDATA[CAAMFest San Jose 2014]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:35:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/434*120/2014+caam-logo-gw.png

The Center for Asian American Media is thrilled to announce the return of CAAMFest San Jose. CAAMFest San Jose brings the innovative spirit and forward thinking of CAAM’s annual CAAMFest to the South Bay for four days of highly anticipated film premieres, conversations with celebrated media makers and lively parties.

Celebrating its twelfth year in San Jose, CAAMFest San Jose presents films and events reflecting the impact and influence of Asian Americans in Silicon Valley and their continuous innovation in technology, arts and culture, media, and community.

CAAM is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.

For more information, click here

When: September 4-7, 2014

Where: Various Locations in San Jose

<![CDATA[44th Annual Millbrae Art & Festival]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:20:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/200*120/logoMillbraeArtAndWineFestival.jpg

The Millbrae Chamber of Commerce presents the 44th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, the Bay Area's biggest Labor Day weekend event, as a benefit for the Chamber and several community service organizations.

The festival is the “Last Blast of Summer” with two days of sensational live music, gorgeous handcrafted work by 250 of America’s top artists and craftmakers, fabulous food and drink, a microbrew tasting tent, the “Classically Cool Car Show”, an organic and green products showcase, artisan specialty foods, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, and tons of fun for kids. Admission is free.

For more information, click here

When: August 30 - 31, 2014

Where: Brodway Ave

             Downtown Millbrae

Time: 10 AM to 5 PM

<![CDATA[Kristi Yamaguchi's Golden Moments]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:15:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*156/revised-GM-v1.jpg

Kristi Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation in partnership with PWC and Adobe present Golden Moments, an extraordinary figure skating show hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano– featuring a star-studded cast taking center ice to support early childhood literacy.

Golden Moment is more than just another figure skating show; proceeds will support the Always Dream Foundation’s early childhood literacy program, Always Reading. Over 4,000 students and their families will attend free of charge, by participating in the Always Reading incentive program and reading books with their parents during the months of September and October.

An accomplished children’s book author and mom, Kristi’s passion for reading ignited our Foundation’s commitment to early childhood literacy. In 2012, we launched Always Reading as our core program and continuously work to connect children with e-books and technology in both the classroom and through community events

For more information, click here

When: November 2, 2014

Where: SAP Center

Time: 4:00 PM

<![CDATA[Hoot & Howl At The Zoo 2014]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:42:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/183*120/HOOT_HEADER.jpg

The Happy Hollow Foundation is hosting their Hoot & Howl fundraising benefit. This is a fundraising benefit unlike any other. A secret back entrance to Happy Hollow through Danny’s cave, 3 signature cocktails, private access to the park playgrounds after hours, 7 foodie stations by PSRT, up close animal encounters, complimentary photo booth by The Laugh Box, dancing, bathtub racers, Happy Hollow “Lounge”, and a sake bar from Yuki Sushi at the top of the Redwood Lookout. The Pacific Fruit Express rollercoaster will be open. All your favorites from last year, plus some new surprises. Leave the kids at home, and party with the animals after dark.

The Hoot & Howl supports all areas of park & zoo growth.  Some of the accomplishments made possible through Happy Hollow Foundation support include bringing back the Crooked House, launching the Summer Animal Show, exhibit renovations, providing scholarship to Title 1 schools, and Species Survival support, highlighting “Get Sophia a Boyfriend!”.

For more infromation, click here

When: September 6, 2014

Where: Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM

<![CDATA[Sonoma County Bicycle Expo Returns ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:30:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/170*120/dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls.jpg

The Sonoma County Bicycle Expo is your destination for all things bike!

Produced by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, this celebration of bicycling returns to Santa Rosa on Sunday, August 17th for it’s fifth straight year. With new features, excellent food and drink, and additional fun for the whole family, the 2014 Bike Expo promises to be the best yet.

Once again, the Sonoma County Bicycle Expo will feature an array of vendors offering new and used bicycles, parts, gear, clothing, and accessories. Exhibitors will represent an array of community groups that work with Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition to make Sonoma County the best place to ride a bike.

Bike rides are available for all ages and levels of experience. Entertainment at the Expo will include a photobooth, raffle, bike swap, cargo bike races, and more! 

An array of food vendors will meet everyone’s lunch needs, and we’ll be pouring New Belgium Brewing beer starting at 11:00 a.m. The Bike Coalition’s famous and free Bike Valet will be set up for the entire event so ride your bike downtown without the fear of bike theft.

For more information call 707-545-0153 or email events@bikesonoma.org.

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: 5th Street between B & Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: Free

<![CDATA[Electronic Sriracha Festival]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:11:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*158/ESF-Neon-Logo2014.JPG

The 1st Annual Electronic Sriracha Festival (ESF) is coming to historic St. James Park in Downtown San Jose on Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, August 30th, 12 pm to 8 pm). This daytime celebration of the iconic hot sauce is spread over two city blocks of park space and will feature 40+ food trucks and tents. All dishes and drinks are accessibly priced at $6 or less. Visit SJ MADE Street Mart on the festival grounds for an array of locally produced goods.

Equal to the food is our three stages of electronic music. This friendly daytime dance party is curated by John Beaver, fresh from performing at Coachella and a rising star in the Bay Area's music scene. These 24 DJs and musicians represent the best in Bay Area-bred electronic music.

ESF is not your standard EDM festival. Our ticket prices don't need a payment plan. We have focused on local talent, local chefs, and local goods in an event that only could have originated from the Bay Area. Join us this Labor Day Weekend for the 1st Annual Electronic Sriracha Festival.



Sam F

John Beaver Live with Krishna Lee on Drums & Greg Manacho on Guitar

Ross FM


Carlos Alfonzo

Tomas Phan

Ian Rey


Aaron Axelsen

Dead Funk

Andy P

Mr. Tyler Jackson

California Casual

DJ Hil

Bare Knuckles

James Ashley



Los Disco Duro

Bobby Acosta


Double A and Jay Reese

DJ Basura

Haptic Synapses

Mike Zhao

For more information, click here

When: August 30, 2014

Where: St. James Park

              San Jose

Time:  12 PM to 8 PM

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Cares ParTee Classic 2014]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:24:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/ParTeeClassicLogo.jpg

Come join Silicon Valley Cares at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club for their ParTee Classic golf tournament. The tournament is best ball format played in foursomes. Proceeds benefit Silicon Valley Cares, which benefits many of the local non-profits throughout Silicon Valley.

For more information, click here

When: August 28, 2014

Where: Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

Time: 10:30 AM

<![CDATA[Boldly Me Water Gala ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:25:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/huladanceviakristin500w.jpg

Boldly Me and Fremont Aqua Adventure are bringing you a fun-filled day at the Water Gala! Enjoy a day in the sun and in the water with family and friends on Sunday, August 24. The Water Gala will be complete with lunch, games, sack races, live performances and entertainment.

Register today to continue to build self esteem and public awareness for those who feel different.

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Time: 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Fremont Aqua Adventure, 40500 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538

Cost: Adults- $29.99(until 8/10) $35.99(after 8/10), Children- $24.99(until 8/10) $30.99(after 8/10)

<![CDATA[Abuse Against People with Mental and/or Developmental Disabilities Seminar]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:47:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/PWDF+Seminar+SF.jpg

The People With Disabilities Foundation along with San Francisco Public Library Access Services; The Inclusive Programming for People with Developmental Disabilities Committee of the San Francisco Public Library are hosting a seminar titled Abuse Against People with Mental and/or Developmental Disabilities: Physical, Sexual, and Verbal Abuse in Institutional or Community Settings.

This seminar will address the potential causes, ramifications, and preventive measures related to the abuse of people with mental and/or developmental disabilities. The event is targeted at the general public; people with disabilities, their doctors, nurses, facilities staff, caretakers, families, and friends; legal community; mental and social service providers.

The event is free to attend, but tax-deductible donations are appreciated. The event will also be able to be live-streamed in case you are unable to attend in person, the details are in the link below.

For more information, click here

When: August 18, 2014

Where: Koret Auditorium

             San Francisco Public Library

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

<![CDATA[The 10th Anniversary Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challange ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:22:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/FF2011-team2.jpg

The Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge is a 5K Walk/Fun Run for the entire family. The course circles Oakland's scenic Lake Merritt and is a fundraiser for uninsured and underinsured women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Join or create your own team for the August 23rd walk/run and help support Faith's mission.

Spend the day with other supporters as toue walk the course around Oakland's beautiful Lake Merritt. There will be live music and entertainment before and after the walk, along with awards and raffle prizes. Raffle prizes include an iPad Air, 10th Anniversary Photo Quilt, room makeover, necklace from House of Belmont, and Mexico timeshare vacation.

For more information or to register, click here.

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time: 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where: Lake Merritt, 666 Belleyue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

Cost: $45 for adults, $15 for children 13 and under

<![CDATA[Opera Bravura Orchestra "Vengeance, Betrayal, Desire & Fire!"]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:40:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/opera_bravura729.jpg

Don't think you like opera? This is different!

Come hear the best pieces from 20 different operas and orchestral works by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Glinka, Cilea, Massenet, Grieg, Bizet, Chabrier and more!

Four singers in full costume will thrill you with arias and scenes from Aida, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Barber of Seville, Rusalka, Samson and Delilah, Tosca, Hamlet, The Pearl Fishers, and others!

A 35-piece orchestra will perform familiar pieces that will surprise and delight you.

Don’t miss this one-night-only opportunity to hear some of the world’s most gorgeous music all in one show!

For tickets and more information, click here.

When: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Montgomery Theater, 271 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

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<![CDATA[24th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:36:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/2014Cotati-Accordion-Festival.jpg

The 24th Annual Multi-Cultural, Multi-Generational, Nonprofit Cotati Accordion Festival will be taking place this August 16th & 17th in La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati, Ca.

This celebrated event will feature The International Cavalcade of Stars with Vincenzo Abbracciante of Italy, Jinan Tian of China, the Russian music of Trio Voronhezh and the legendary Dick Contino of the U.S.A.The festival will also present over 30 accordion acts, the zydeco dance party, the polka tent, the jam tent, the accordion apocalypse stage, food vendors, beer, wine and over 70 booths.

Tickets are $15.00 in advance, $17.00 at the gate, and $25.00 for both days.  They may be purchased by calling 1-888-559-2576, or at all Oliver's Markets, The Last Record Store and People's Music.

For more information, click here

When: August 16 - 17, 2014

Where: La Plaza Park

              Downtown Cotati

Time: 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM

<![CDATA[Veggielution's Bounty of Heart's Delight ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:41:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/190*120/7497812018_7f39e6671b.jpg

Tickets are on sale for Veggielution’s Annual Farm Dinner!
The Bounty of Heart’s Delight is taking place August 23rd, 2014. Enjoy a five-course meal featuring local produce and wine, sourced and prepared by gifted chef Affie Mahini from Cafe Pomegranate in San Jose. The evening will be complete with hay rides, farm tours, photo booth, and other fun activities.

Celebrate the rich tastes of our bountiful harvest while soaking in the sights of the farm and sounds of live music. Polish off the evening with a decadent dessert, an exciting Barn dance and the warm feeling of supporting Veggielution’s community programs! Full details of the dinner and ticket sales can be found on their website, www.veggielution.com/bohd.

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time: 4:30-10:00 p.m.

Where: Veggielution Community Farm, 647 South King Road, San Jose, CA 95116

Cost: $100/plate (60% of the ticket is tax-deductible)

<![CDATA[Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation: Starry Night]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:07:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/249*120/PDTF_Starry+Night_SF.jpg

Welcome to our first Starry Night San Francisco! This is one in a series of events the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is launching in major cities across the country. Join us to fundraise for this 8.5K walk/run to shine a light on the 28,000 American children living with a brain tumor.

Join us to light San Francisco’s nighttime sky with lanterns to symbolize our hope for a cure. Starry Night San Francisco will raise funds for research to combat more than 100 types of childhood brain tumors, and will support services for families at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

The walk/run can be completed individually or as a two-person relay. The evening also features activities for kids and local entertainment. Plus, we’ll highlight the story of a child with a brain tumor diagnosis and honor a local childhood brain tumor hero.

For more information, click here

When: November 8, 2014

Where: Lake Merced

Time: 4:30 PM

<![CDATA[The Future of Pop Music- Ensemble Mik Nawooj]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:09:58 -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

<![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

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)

<![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

<![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

<![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)

<![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.

<![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.

<![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


Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

For More information, click here