<![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 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:27:14 -0800 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:27:14 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Villa Montalvo's First Annual Mad Hatter's Tea]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:34:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/237*120/rachel-and-tommy-VILLA-MONTALVO.014.jpg

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

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

For more information, click here

When: March 14, 2015

Where: Villa Montalvo

            Saratoga

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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<![CDATA[The 10th Annual VinOlivo Weekend]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:42:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/269*120/VinOlivo2015.jpg

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

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

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

When: March 13 through March15, 2015

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

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

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<![CDATA[CAAMFest 2015 Opening Night & Gala]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:04:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/caamfest.jpg

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: March 12, 2015

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

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

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<![CDATA[The CHSA Museum Celebrates Year of the Ram]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:56:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/CHSA-CNYParade2015-banner2a.jpg

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

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

For more information, click here

When: March 7, 2016

Where: CHSA Museum

                San Francisco

Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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<![CDATA[Sign Up for the AFP Mentorship Program]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:30:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/AFP+Color-022415jpg.jpg

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

Apply to be a 2015 mentee or mentor to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Kickin' It with LDI Foot Golf Tournament]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:22:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/pin_divfootgolf100213a_11618965_8col.jpg

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

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

For more information, click here

When: March 2, 2015

Where: Las Positas Golf Course

                Livermore

Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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<![CDATA[The San Jose 408K "Race to the Row"]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:35:25 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/197*120/Tutu-Finisher-Rotator.png

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

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

For more information, click here

When: March 1, 2015

Where: SAP Center to Santana Row

Time: 8:00 AM

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<![CDATA[Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:49:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/272*120/Voyage_to_Vietnam_Banner_680x300.gif

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

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

For more information, click here

When: February 28, 2015

Where: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

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

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<![CDATA[415 Area Code Overlaid With 628 for Parts of Marin, San Mateo Counties]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:14:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smart_phone.jpg Most people know you're a San Franciscan or a Marin County dweller if you give them your telephone prefix of 415. Well, not for everyone, not anymore. Beginning on Saturday, the 415 area code will be "overlaid" by the 628 in these cities: the county of San Francisco, most of Marin County and a small portion of San Mateo County, serving the communities of Belvedere, Brisbane, Corte Madera, Daly City, Fairfax, Ignacio, Inverness, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Nicasio, Novato, Point Reyes, Ross, San Anselmo, San Francisco, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach and Tiburon. Stephanie Chuang reports.]]> <![CDATA[415 Area Code Overlaid With 628 for Parts of Marin, San Mateo Counties]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:55:20 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000010304908_1200x675_401943107937.jpg Most people know you're a San Franciscan or a Marin County dweller if you give them your telephone prefix of 415. Well, not for everyone, not anymore. Beginning on Saturday, the 415 area code will be "overlaid" by the 628 in these cities: the county of San Francisco, most of Marin County and a small portion of San Mateo County, serving the communities of Belvedere, Brisbane, Corte Madera, Daly City, Fairfax, Ignacio, Inverness, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Nicasio, Novato, Point Reyes, Ross, San Anselmo, San Francisco, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stinson Beach and Tiburon. Stephanie Chuang reports.]]> <![CDATA[The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade of San Francisco]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:46:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Chiense-New-Year-Parade-2013.jpg

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

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

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

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

When: March 7, 2015

Where: San Francisco

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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<![CDATA[Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale Accepting Donations for March 7 & 8 Sale]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:29:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/DSC_2823-2017.JPG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM WOMEN'S BOARD

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

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

MUSEUM VISITOR INFORMATION

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

For more information, please visit museumca.org.

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<![CDATA[Cinequest Film Festival 25]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:36:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/2015-02-24_17-40-05.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Asian Art Museum March Events]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:42:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Shimizu_Valls_Moore.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlight Events:

The Box Project

Sunday, March 1, 11 AM–2 PM

Samsung Hall, free admission courtesy of Target

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

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

www.theboxproject.org

 

AsiaAlive: Noh-Kyogen Now

Saturdays, March 14 and 28, Noon–4 PM

North Court, free with museum admission

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

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

 

Artists Drawing Club with Erik Scollon

Thursday, March 19, 6:30–9 PM

Meet at the information desk, free with museum admission

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

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

 

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

Thursday, March 19, 7–8:30 PM

Samsung Hall, free with museum admission

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

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

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<![CDATA[Westfield Valley Fair's Lunar New Year Celebration]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:46:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/246*120/lunar_new_year_celebrated_at_valley_fair.jpg

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

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

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

When: February 1-28, 2015

Where: West Field Valley Fair

              San Jose

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<![CDATA[Celebrate the Power of Mentoring!]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:13:25 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/224*120/mentorship0212.png

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund:

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

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

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<![CDATA[The Junior League of San Jose's 24th Annual Rummage Sale]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:53:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/IMG_3243.JPG

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

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

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

When: March 21, 2015

Where: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

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

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<![CDATA[Oceans 11, the 20th Annual Via Ball]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:51:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*123/Via-Ball-300x231.png

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

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

For more information, click here

When: February 27, 2015

Where: Villa Ragusa

            Campbell

Time: 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM

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<![CDATA[The 8th Annual "Open Your Heart" Pajama Drive]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:34:48 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/PajamaProgram_logo.jpg

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

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

For more information, click here

When: February 26 and 27, 2015

Where: The Fairmont San Jose

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

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<![CDATA[Jessica Aguirre at Ragin Cajun Goes to Rio!]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:11:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JESSICAguirre0210.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[Savanna Jazz's Salute to Black History Month]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:54:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/firstpage4.jpg

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

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

For more information, click here

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

Where: Savanna Jazz Club

                San Francisco

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

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<![CDATA[Apply for the 2015 Latino Board Leadership Academy]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:49:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hispanic-foundationupdate0210.jpg

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

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

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

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

How: To apply, please follow this link.

About the Latino Board Leadership Academy:

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[American Homebrewers Association Rally at Magnolia Brewing Co.]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:55:14 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*145/magnoliapic-800x724.png

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

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

For more information, click here

When: February 7, 2015

Where: Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing

                San Francisco

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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<![CDATA[Chef Isaac Bancaco on Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:48:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Chefs0205.jpg

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

Somen Noodle salad & Black Sesame dressing

Somen Noodles:

Somen Noodles, 4 bundles

Salted water

Ice bath

Olive oil, 2T

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

Black Sesame Dressing (yields one quart):

1 cup black sesame seeds

¼ cup tamari

1 cup rice vinegar

¼ cup honey

1 cup garlic oil

½ cup peanut butter (creamy)

10 cloves roasted garlic

2 TBSP sesame oil

Put all in blender and blend

Chilli oil:

Bring oil to slightly warm temperature and then add:

1.5 dried thai chilis

1.5 cup dark chili powder

1 piece of 3 inch ginger sliced

2 bottoms of leeks

 

Bring to slight simmer, steep and strain through cheesecloth

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

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<![CDATA[Furry Friends Rescue's Valentine Dog Day]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:29:14 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*125/main_valentine2015.png

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

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

For more information, click here

When: February 14, 2015

Where: Pet Food Express

                Fremont

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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<![CDATA[PLAY IT SAFE: Learn About the HPV Vaccine]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:00:34 -0800

HPVANDME is intended to help those who are and will be affected by HPV throat cancer. The reach is large - men, women, teenagers, parents, doctors and researchers. The organization is about everyone who wants to know more about HPV throat cancer - how to prevent it, how to fight it and how to live through it.

HPVANDME is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization to build awareness about HPV infection and HPV+cancer, specifically HPV throat cancer. The organization relies 100% on public support to keep its site fresh and relevant.

To support HPVANDME or to learn more, please visit www.hpvandme.org.

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<![CDATA[The Barbershop Diaries: A Special Black History Month Celebration]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:50:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/Barbershop-Diaries-Feb-8-2015-23aiouf.jpg

The School of Mass Communications and Journalism at San Jose State University are proud to present, “The Barbershop Diaries,” a special Black History Month celebration honoring the South Bay African-American barbers and beauty salon owners. “The Barbershop Diaries” is a documentary that explores the eclectic lives of ten barbers who work at Barbers Inc., a neighborhood barbershop in downtown San Jose.

Typically, barbershops have been places where commerce, culture, masculinity, and politics intersect. The barber’s chair is usually where the customer unloads his woes while getting a cut and a shave. This project flips the script and tells another side to the story, the barber’s side that is so rarely heard. Some are heart-wrenching, others are full of hope, grit, and redemption. The documentary debuts on February 8, 2015.

For more information, click here

When: February 8, 2015

Where: Morris Dailey Auditorium

                San Jose State University

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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<![CDATA[Cinequest Film Festival 2015]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:57:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/cinequest-logo0210.jpg

Ready to enjoy the spectacular 25th anniversary edition of the Cinequest Film Festival? The Cinequest team has scoured the globe to present to you its most electrifying lineup of premiere films, artists, innovations, parties and more... You'll want to jump on tickets and passes to these must-see events:

  • FEB 24 - Opening Night: BATKID BEGINS. You've heard it on the news. You've retweeted it on twitter. Now, watch the entire story unfold onscreen. Just how did one kid with one wish (yes, to be Batman) bring together a city and captivate a nation one November day?
  • FEB 25 - Screening of WILD TALES with Media Legacy recipient Anne Thompson. An international sensation-narratives of wreaked vengeance, with both hilarious and catastrophic results, offer one of the most riotous cinematic rides you'll ever encounter.
  • FEB 26 - A Conversation With JOHN BOORMAN + Screening of QUEEN AND COUNTRY: Legendary Director John Boorman (Deliverance, Hope and Glory, Zardoz, Excalibur, Where the Heart Lies) showcases his latest masterpiece Queen and Country.
  • FEB 28 - An Evening With ROSARIO DAWSON Screen sensation (Top Five, Sin City, Kids, He Got Game ), singer, comic book creator, philanthropist, social activist, the multi-talented Rosario Dawson is a creative force as well as a dynamic advocate for social justice. A not-to-be-missed conversation with Ms. Dawson, moderated by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (MissRepresentation), will follow the Maverick Spirit Award presentation.

 Enjoy these spotlight films, and many more, in the palatial California Theatre:

  • HANNAH SIMONE (New Girl), stand-up comedian Kosha Patel, and Tiya Sricar (The Internship) in Miss India America.
  • SIMON PEGG (Star TrekShaun of the Dead) in Australian comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times.
  • MICHAEL FASSBENDER (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in modern-day western Slow West.
  • KRISTEN STEWART (Twilight) and JULIETTE BINOCHE(The English Patient) mesmerize in Clouds of Sils Maria.

When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Sunday, March 8, 2015

Where: Locations vary throughout San Jose. For more information, visit Cinequest Festival Films & Events.

How: Enjoy individual tickets or enjoy an affordable Pass.

Cost: Prices will vary, please visit Cinequest’s passes & ticket information for all prices.

For more information, please visit www.cinequest.org

 

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<![CDATA[The Asian Art Museum's Lunar New Year Celebration]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:00:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/200*120/Lunar_New_Year_Ram_Press_Image.jpg

Welcome in the Year of the Ram at the Asian Art Museum’s Lunar New Year celebration on February 8, 2015. Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year in many parts of Asia. The exact date of the Lunar New Year changes each year according to the lunar and solar calendar. This year, Lunar New Year falls on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

Visitors of all ages are invited to watch beautiful lion dances and musical performances, and participate in Asian art activities. Students from the Chinese American International School and China Dance School and Theater will be performing traditional and modern music performances, while students from West Portal Elementary School’s Chinese Performing Arts Program will teach visitors how to walk on stilts, dance with ribbons, and do martial arts. Children’s book author Oliver Chin will also be in attendance, reading stories about Chinese zodiac animals and their characters.

For more information, click here

When: February 8, 2015

Where: Asian Art Museum

Time: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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<![CDATA[World Cancer Day 2015]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:39:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/200*120/WorldCancerDay.png

Unite in the fight against cancer with World Cancer Day on February 4, 2015. World Cancer Day is a global event where individuals and organizations raise awareness for cancer and issues related to prevention and survivorship.

Watch this empowering video from the CANcer PREVENTion: Together We Can campaign, an initiative of the American Institute for Cancer Research. This campaign is an opportunity to show Americans that making small, everyday changes in your diet, controlling your weight, and getting plenty of exercise can help seriously reduce the risk of cancer.

For more information on World Cancer Day, click here

When: February 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Successful Backyard Birdhouses with Guadalupe River Park Conservancy]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:35:33 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/bluebird-houses.png

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy invites you to their Adult Birdhouse Workshop – Successful Backyard Birdhouses – on February 7, 2015. Take this wonderful opportunity to connect with nature and learn just what it takes to make a birdhouse that will attract beautiful birds for your viewing.

Mike Azevedo, County Coordinator for Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society’s Cavity Nester Recovery Program, will share his expertise in building a successful birdhouse. From the location of your residence, to the layout of your garden or patio, to the birdhouse’s design and size, Mike will cover all aspects you need to know to build the perfect birdhouse. Mike will also share the efforts of the Audubon Society and others in the community to restore bird populations through cavity nesting programs. These programs establish special bird boxes throughout the wildlife corridors that run through San Jose—in backyards, parks, cemeteries, open space preserves, and even at the Guadalupe River Park.

For more information, click here

When: February 7, 2015

Where: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor and Education Center

                San Jose

Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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<![CDATA[Heart & Soles 5K for Healthier School Lunches]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:13:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/heart-soles-5k-volunteer-36.png

Join Kaiser Permanente and become a champion for healthier school lunches! The second annual Heart & Soles 5K run/walk returns to San Jose this year with the goal of raising funds for 60 salad bars for K-12 Silicon Valley schools. Salad bars in K-12 schools encourage healthy eating habits, help reduce obesity and promote overall health that will make kids better learners.

Lam Research, title sponsor of Heart & Soles 5K, hopes to help “Salad Bars for Santa Clara County Schools,” an initiative of state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s “Team California for Healthy Kids Initiative,” raise enough funds over the next three years to place 100 salad bars in Silicon Valley schools. The 5K run/walk is for ages 8 and up and is $38 to register. There is a kid’s Fun Run for ages 2-7 for $12. Participants will receive a finisher medal at the end of the race and can get a free beanie from the Lam Research booth.

For more information, click here

When: February 7, 2015

Where: Hellyer County Park

                San Jose

Time: 9:00 AM

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<![CDATA[San Francisco General Hospital Foundation's "Hearts in San Francisco"]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:59:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/L_KRUZICH_Still+Beating_B-white0203.jpg

Support the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation by bidding on select large, tabletop and mini-mosaic hearts from the 2015 “Hearts in San Francisco” series on eBay. Bidding has already started and will continue until Thursday, February 12 at 2 p.m., at the conclusion of the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon on the field at AT&T Park.

The sculptures are available in various sizes to fit any space, perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift. San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center’s new acute care and trauma center will be opening in December 2015. The online sale is open to all and will provide funding for vital programs and initiatives at The General.

Four tabletop hearts and 11 mini-mosaic hearts will be featured at Macy’s Union Square in the window display on Stockton. One additional tabletop heart, created by designers from Swarovski, will be on display at Wilkes Bashford.

The exclusive tabletop heart designed by Swarovski designers Alice Payr, Doris Obersteiner, Sonja Marinkovic and Claudia Demetz, was made exclusively for the 2015 series. Hand-crafted in Tyrol, Austria, the one-of-a-kind heart is covered with “Crystal Skin,” a special lacquer composed of millions of the finest, tiny crystals. The surface is decorated with approximately 15,000 crystals of several shapes and sizes in nine different, outstanding color combinations. Other table-top heart selections include an abstract hand-painted design, a collage made of mixed media and two mosaic designs – one of an American flag and one of scenes from Golden Gate Park.

The “Hearts in San Francisco” charity auction will include exclusive mini-mosaic hearts which dazzle with bright designs in a miniature-size heart. Each mini-mosaic features a local artist’s delicate design made of unique materials. The charity auction’s large hearts include a hand-crafted cityscape made of mosaic glass, a reflective chrome heart, a sculpture created from scratch that integrates solar technology and designs featuring wood panels and a kaleidoscope pattern. 

Select hearts available for the charity auction will be on display in the Stockton window at Macy’s Union Square beginning Monday, February 2 through Wednesday, February 11, when they will then be transported to AT&T Park for the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon. The Swarovski heart is also on display at Wilkes Bashford until Wednesday, February 11.

Where: The new hearts will be available for purchase online.

The Heroes & Hearts Luncheon takes place at AT&T Park, San Francisco

When: Bidding takes place from February 2, 2015 at 2 p.m. to February 12 at 2 p.m.

The Heroes & Hearts Luncheon takes place on Thursday, February 12, 2015

How: To purchase tickets to the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon or to find out more about sponsorship, call 415-206-4478 or visit www.sfghf.org.



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<![CDATA[The 2015 State of the Valley Conference]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:14:38 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/228*120/JointVenturelogo-390x205.jpg0129.jpg

Come up out of your trenches and think about the bigger picture at Joint Venture’s State of the Valley conference, happening at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Wednesday, February 4. Come and discuss topics such as how we are faring as a region, what our challenges and opportunities are and how we mobilize to address them.

The conference will lead with a briefing on the Silicon Valley Index, a comprehensive check-up on the region’s overall health and well-being. Followed by the briefing, time will be spent in dialogue and discussion from expert panels, luminary keynotes and the audience involving themselves in the conversation through live polling and comments fed to the screen using our mobile devices.

The State of the Valley also features music and dance from the region’s arts groups, high school bands and elementary school choirs. There are also booths and exhibits on the concourses showing off entrepreneurs, established corporations and non-profits who are working in Joint Venture’s project areas.

In past years, more than 1,500 people have participated in the State of the Valley including senior business executives, elected officials, heads of organizations, labor leaders, venture capitalists, journalists, academics and a host of other community members.

Where: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara

When: Wednesday, February 4 from 8 am – 2 pm

How: Register here

 

Cost: $150

For more information, visit Joint Venture Silicon Valley

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<![CDATA[The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:52:39 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Aerial+of+Girls+Getting+a+Pour_credit+Brenda+Hawkes.jpg

This Valentine’s Day, grab your sweetheart and head to Fort Mason to experience a day filled with laughter, romance and some of the best wines from across the country at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting.

Celebrating 15 prestigious years, this anticipated event offers the public the first chance to taste hundreds of award winning wines from the largest competition of American wines in the world.

The Public Tasting allows people from all walks of life to come together and learn about many new wines, all while enjoying a day full of wine and food-pairing experiences. Gourmet food purveyors, such as SavorCalifornia.com, will also be on hand offering delectable food samples.

The Public Tasting features appearances from notable wine industry names including Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Editor, Jessica Altieri, CEO of WineChannel TV and Wilfred Wong, Chief Storyteller at Wine.com

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is an annual fundraiser that supports wine studies, enology and viticulture programs for higher education institutions in California. Leftover wines from the competition are donated annually to Santa Rosa Junior College, Fresno State University, Sonoma State University and California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.

When: Saturday, February 14, 2015

Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Time: 1:30 pm – 5 pm

Cost: $65 Advance Purchase, $80 at the door (the tasting has sold out for the past five years, advance ticket purchase is recommended)

For tickets and additional information, visit www.winejudging.com

 



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<![CDATA[Oakland Animal Service's "Home Is Where the Heart Is" Pet Adoption Event]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:18:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/animalProfile_1217.jpeg

Oakland Animal Services is celebrating the adoptable dogs, cats, and rabbits waiting for their human soulmate with “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” a local event beginning in February. Local artists are gifting one-of-a-kind portraits of these special animals to their adopters. You can see the artwork at Farley’s East coffeehouse in Uptown Oakland.

On February 12, 2015, Farley’s will be hosting the adoptable animals and a portion of their sales from that night will be donated to Friends of Oakland Animal Services. If you have ever wanted to adopt an animal or just want to check out cute and friendly faces that need some love, join Oakland Animal Services for “Home Is Where the Heart Is.”

For more information, click here

When: February 12, 2015

Where: Farley’s East Coffeehouse

                Oakland

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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<![CDATA[2015 Latino Board Leadership Academy]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:19:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*135/2015LBLA.jpg

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley is now accepting applications for the 2015 Latino Board Leadership Academy. The LBLA is a comprehensive program designed to train and assist in placing Latinos on nonprofit boards whose missions best match their personal interests. Throughout its 4 year history, LBLA has graduated nearly 150 Fellows and 75% have been appointed to boards of directors.

The mission of the LBLA academy is to recruit and train Latinos interested in serving on nonprofit Board of Directors, train Academy Fellows about emerging models, frameworks and trends in nonprofit governance, and encourage LBLA graduate Fellows to be actively engaged in the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and the general community. IF you are seeking to increase your community impact, apply for the 2015 LBLA by February 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

For more infomation, click here

Deadline:  February 12, 2015 by 5:00 PM

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<![CDATA[Diversity Employment Day Career Fair]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:48:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/255*120/careerfair0120.jpg

The 15th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is the largest and best diversity and inclusion recruiting event in the greater Bay Area! There will be recruiters from the Bay's largest employers including the Mountain View Police Department, the County of Sonoma and UCSF.

There are hundreds of employment opportunities available at all levels.

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.

This is a professional-level event. Business attire and resumes are required for admission.

Where: 125 12th St., Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94607

When: Tuesday, January 27 from 11 am - 3 pm

How: Register Here

Cost: Free

To avoid long lines, email your resume to fasttrack@citycareerfair.com with subject BAY AREA.

For more information, visit the City Career Fair Website.

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<![CDATA[The LPIE "Power Party"]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:39:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/166*120/power_party_md.jpg

Lafayette Partners in Education presents the LPIE “Power Party,” an exciting fundraiser to benefit local schools and their students. Enjoy gourmet appetizers, dinner, an open bar all night long and participate in raffles, games, and live and silent auctions. Dance the night away with music from The Accents, a live 80’s cover band.

The Power Party is sell-out event. Tickets are $100 until February 1, 2015. They increase to $130 after February 1. Casual cocktail attire is encouraged and this event is adult-only.

For more information, click here

When: March 14, 2015

Where: Temple Isaiah

                Lafayette

Time: 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

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<![CDATA[The 19th Annual Starry Night Auction ]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:07:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/243*120/8286D4FF-50B4-4A9B-B485-52C05663BED2.jpg

Help support the students of Vichy Elementary School at the 19th annual Starry Night Auction 2015 on February 28, 2015. Presented by the Napa Valley Country Club, the Starry Night Auction is a popular, sell-out event that benefits Vichy Elementary School. Vichy Elementary School is celebrating 60 years of excellence in education and is in the top 3% in the state for performance.

Donations made for this event go towards maintaining math and reading intervention programs, teacher’s aides, librarian, computer labs, phonics, art, music and physical education programs. They also help finance basic school necessities such as curriculum, workbooks, teacher and classroom supplies, assemblies, paper and copier costs, school-wide improvements, field trips, art projects and much more.

For more information, click here

When: February 28, 2015

Where: Napa Valley Country Club

Time: 5:30 PM to 12:00 AM 

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<![CDATA["Give Kids a Smile" - Children's Dental Health Fair]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:51:45 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/girl_yellow_toothbrush0115.jpg

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific is hosting its "Give Kids a Smile" children's dental health fair on Saturday, February 7 in San Francisco. The event will consist of free dental check-ups, cleanings, fluoride treatment, orthodontic evaluations, games, entertainment and the Little Explorers Petting Zoo!

More than $100 in free dental services will be provided to each child. The event is open to children up to age 17.

Where: 155 Fifth St., San Francisco

When: Saturday, February 7 from 10 am - 2 pm

How: To RSVP a group, call (415) 929-6550

For more information, visit the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry website.

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<![CDATA[Growing Up Asian in America Art, Essay, and Video Contest 2015]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:09:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*134/Photo+for+GUAA+Social+Media.jpg

Asian Pacific Fund presents Growing Up Asian in America - Art, Essay, and Video Contest. As the largest educational program focused on Asian Heritage, Growing Up Asian in America celebrates 20 years of stories and history from a generation of K-12 students who have submitted tens of thousands of art, essays, poems, and videos. The contest encourages students to learn about their family’s history in America and to tell that story through an art piece, essay, poem, or video.

There will be 3 ESSAY and 3 ART winners from each grade category who will win $1,000 in cash and prizes. Up to three video winners will win iPad minis and have their video featured online. The deadline to submit entries for this contest is Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Students must be in grades K through 12 to have their entries qualify.

For more information on rules, guidelines, and general criteria, click here

Deadline: March 4, 2015

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<![CDATA[Adopt a Rose for Valentine's Day]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:23:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/heritagerose0115.jpg

A bouquet of roses will last a week, but a rose bush will bloom throughout the year. With your donation of $60, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy will help you select the perfect rose and prepare a gift box for your Valentine!

The gift box includes an announcement card that informs the recipient about the rose adoption, a small box of decadent chocolates from Schurra's Candy Factory, a large gourmet cookie from Cafe Too! at the San Jose Museum of Art, one free red rose each month for a year from Citti's Florist and your personal message on a plaque by the rose bush of your choice in the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden for a full year.

Rose adoptions are partially tax deductible and help support the upkeep of San Jose's Heritage Rose Garden. Gift packages will be available for pick-up, prior to Valentine's Day, at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor & Education center.

Where: 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose

When: Prior to Valentine’s Day - Saturday, February 14

Cost: $60 DonationFor more information, visit the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

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<![CDATA[National Wear Red Day in San Francisco's Union Square]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:13:14 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Go-Red-For-Women-Real-Women-2013.jpg

The American Heart Association invites you to this year’s Wear Red Day on February 6, 2015 in San Francisco’s Union Square. Strut, Stride, and Stroll at this year’s unique Wear Red Day as this year’s signature event is a health-expo featuring health conscious vendors such as Jamba Juice and Hint Water. Look for the Wells Fargo stagecoach to find the expo.

Wear Red Day is an annual event that takes place around the country to help raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Since the first Wear Red Day in 2003, there has been huge progress in the fight against heart disease through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes.

For more information, click here

When: February 6, 2015

Where: Union Square

Time: 11:00 AM

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<![CDATA[Legendary White Elephant Sale Returns to the Bay Area]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:38:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/WES_2014_15_011315.jpg

The White Elephant Sale, Northern California's biggest and best rummage sale, returns for its 56th year. The preview sale will be Sunday, January 25th. This is your chance to get the best deals before the public sale on March 7 - March 8.

Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women's Board to benefit the Oakland Museum of California, the White Elephant Sale offers an extensive range of quality used vintage clothing for men, women and children, as well as fine jewelry, Asian collectibles, tools, furniture, sporting goods, music, books and more.

With something for everyone, the 2015 White Elephant Sale promises to be the most memorable second-hand shopping experience in the West. First-time shoppers are advised to arrive early and wear comfortable shoes.

A complimentary shuttle service from the Fruitvale BART to the White Elephant Sale warehouse will be provided for the Preview Sale and on the March 7 and 8 White Elephant Sale days.

When: Preview Sale - January 25, 2015

(Public Sale March 7 -  March 8)

Where: 333 Lancaster Street, Oakland

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Cost: Preview Sale - $15 in advance, $20 at the door

(Public Sale - FREE ADMISSION)

For more information about purchasing tickets or the event, visit the White Elephant Sale website.

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<![CDATA[The Super Guadalupe River Run]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:32:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/274*120/SuperRunLogo2015HomePageGraphic2.png

Kick off your Super Bowl Sunday at the Super Guadalupe River Run.  Bring your friends and family to earn their game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe with a 10k, 5k, or kid’s 1k run.  The run begins at 438 Coleman Ave in downtown San Jose and goes through the park’s trails. You can register for the 10k and 5k runs until January 25, 2015. Registration for the kid’s 1k will be open until January 31, 2015.

Sponsored by the San Jose Water Company, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and NBC Bay Area, all proceeds from the run benefit Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s education and stewardship efforts, including upkeep of the new Rotary Children’s PlayGarden.

For more information, click here

When: February 1, 2015

Where: 438 Coleman Ave through Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

                San Jose

Time: 9:00 AM

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<![CDATA[Silicon valley Community Awards Luncheon 2015]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:02:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/245*120/EveryChild_RisingStar_FINAL_for-Letterhead-2.jpg

EMQ Families First presents “Every Child is a Rising Star,” the Silicon Valley Community Awards Luncheon to honor community leaders for their hard work and dedication to changing the lives of children in crisis. This luncheon is a celebration of 147 years of service for kids in crisis in the Silicon Valley community. The luncheon will benefit children and their families in EMQ Families First’s Bay Area Programs.

NBC Bay Area’s own Mike Inouye will be the emcee for this event. Retired California Highway Patrol Officer, Sergeant Kevin Briggs is the special guest speaker for the ceremony and had special experience with crisis management and negotiations with persons suffering with depression and other mental health issues while working as a police officer. Today, Kevin is active in efforts to promote crisis management and leadership skills. For more information, click here

For more information, click here

When: January 30, 2015

Where: Fairmont Hotel

                San Jose

Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

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<![CDATA[NBC's No. 1 Summer Reality Series "America's Got Talent" Has Begun its Nationwide Search for Season-10 Acts]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:09:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AGT011315.jpg

NBC's No. 1 summer reality series "America's Got Talent" will be holding auditions in the Bay Area on Saturday, February 7 for season-10 acts! To pre register or to upload an audition, visit www.agtauditions.com.

NBC Bay Area will have five front-of-the-line passes to give away! More details coming soon.

“America’s Got Talent” is the only talent competition show open to any age and any talent. The auditions are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for performers across the country to showcase their talent in 90 seconds to the series’ producers, in the hopes of being able to take the stage in front of the “AGT” judges. Every type of performer is welcome: Last season’s competitors included musicians, dancers, magicians, contortionists, comedians, singers, jugglers, animal acts and everything in between.

When: Saturday, February 7

Where: Santa Clara

How: Pre register for the audition or upload a video at America's Got Talent.

For more information, visit the America's Got Talent auditions website.

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<![CDATA[Astronaut Jose Hernandez Watches Comunidad Del Valle]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:55:20 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000009836951_1200x675_383782467579.jpg Jose Hernandez flew on one of the Space Shuttle Disovery missions He's an avid viewer of NBC/Telemndo's Comunidad Del Valle]]> <![CDATA[2nd Annual Purple Ribbon Awards]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:17:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/robmayeda2113.jpg

Join NBC Bay Area's Rob Mayeda and other Purple Ribbon honorees including actress Kristen Johnston at the Lupus Foundation of Northern California's 37th Anniversary Gala! On Saturday, January 24th, the Lupus Foundation will honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the lupus community with an eventful dinner at the Hilton San Jose. The evening will include cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, awards and more. 

Systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE for short, is one of a number of illnesses known as the autoimmune diseases. Every individual is protected from "invasions" of viruses and bacteria by an immune systems' groups of cells in the blood and lymph system that circulate throughout the body and attack anything they recognize as "foreign." Without this defense system no one would live past infancy. In autoimmune disease, this system somehow becomes disordered, and an individual's immune system begins to attack his or her own tissues.

You can buy your tickets online! Single tickets are $175, and tables of 10 are $1,750 each.

When: Saturday, January 24, 2015

Where: Hilton San Jose, 300 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose 

Time: 6:00 pm cocktail and silent auction, 7:00 pm dinner

Attire: Business 

Cost: Single ticket $175, Table $1,750

For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Lupus Foundation of Northern California's website

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