<![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 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:41:33 -0800 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:41:33 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Posada Navideña at the Wells Fargo Center for Arts]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:49:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/270*120/6a01a511ad80fe970c01b8d08b0f42970c-500wi.png

Posada Navideña, a very special and important event for the Bay Area Latino community, returns for the eighth consecutive year to the Wells Fargo Center for Arts as part of the Rodney Strong Vineyards Dance Series. The show highlights the multi-cultural aspects and diversity of Sonoma County’s Wine Country community through a performance featuring Mexican folklore and dance.

As a beloved tradition for many families, the Posada Navideña production is a festive and fun performance that can be a cultural bridge reaching all neighbors of the community. This year, Posada Navideña is directed by Dr. Zenón Barrón. Dr. Barrón earned his Ph.D. in dances with a thesis in diverse indigenous communities from Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in México City. In this exhilarating production, you will “transport” to México for an uplifting dose of the beautiful culture and colorful customs.

For more information, click here

When: December 19, 2014

Where: Wells Fargo Center for Arts

                Santa Rosa

Time: 7:00 PM

<![CDATA[Christmas in the Park Opening Day Tree Lighting]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:26:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/christmasinthepark1120.jpg

 After a day of feasting with family, friends, and early morning shopping on Black Friday, come to Downtown San Jose to relax and enjoy the opening of Christmas in the Park. This Tree Lighting Ceremony is the unofficial kick off to the holiday season in San Jose. So join us this year on November 28th to celebrate the start of San Jose’s best known holiday tradition! The ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park.

Christmas in the Park is the best way to build holiday memories with family and friends. This tradition has been a San Jose family favorite since the beginning, more than 30 years ago. Visiting Christmas in the Park is also a great way to explore and get to know a little more about Downtown San Jose. After visiting this free event and seeing all it has to offer, enjoy the numerous local restaurants and attractions. Downtown San Jose has so much to offer, especially during the holiday season. We invite you to come downtown from November 28th to January 1st to experience this great tradition that builds memories lasting a lifetime.

When: Friday, November 28, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park, San Jose

Cost: Free

For more information, visit the Christmas in the Park website

<![CDATA[The Ghirardelli Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:17:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/200*120/Tree12-0321.jpg

This holiday season marks the 50th annual Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony, a special event that has become a tradition for many Bay Area families. The ceremony will feature the lighting of a magnificent 35-foot Christmas tree, decorated by ribbons, ornaments and over 2,500 lights. Singing and music from choirs, carolers, and live bands companied with great food, shopping, and visits with Santa Claus are just a few of the fun and memorable activities you and your loved ones can enjoy together.

With Santa’s help, NBC Bay Area’s own morning meteorologist Christina Loren has the honor of returning to this year’s ceremony to light the Ghirardelli Square Christmas tree. Holiday festivities begin at 4:00 PM, with the lighting ceremony at 5:30. Admission is free for all.

For more information and a schedule of events, click here

When: November 29, 2014

Where: Ghirardelli Square

Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

<![CDATA[Chef Anthony Hsia of the Fairmont San Jose, Thanksgiving Turkey Congee Recipe]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:14:39 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/186*120/FullSizeRender1120.jpg

Chef Anthony Hsia, Executive Chef
Thanksgiving Turkey Congee, or Jok
Fairmont San Jose Recipe

See this recipe made on the November 30th episode of Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa.

Turkey Broth Recipe

turkey carcass

3 gallons of water

2 onions

5 cloves of garlic

Pinch of salt 

Combine all ingredients into a large stock pot and bring to a boil. Skim off the accumulated foam. Reduce heat to simmer and cook approximately 2 hours. Strain off bones and shred any leftover meat using your fingers. There should be about 2 gallons left of pure stock.


Turkey Congee Recipe

Any left-over turkey meat

2 gallons turkey broth

8 cups cooked rice

3 cups diced yams or sweet potato

½ cup shredded fresh ginger

1 tablespoon light soy sauce

1 green onion, sliced


Combine 1 gallon of turkey broth, rice and diced yams in large, thick-bottomed pot and bring to a simmer. Cook the rice until extremely tender and easily mashable with the back of a spoon. If too thick, add more stock. If too wet, then allow to simmer with the lid off. Add shredded turkey meat into each individual serving bowl along with a pinch of the shredded ginger, a pinch of the green onions and a drop of the light soy sauce. Ladle the congee into each bowl and serve. Be careful; it’s extremely hot.

<![CDATA[Exhibit Honoring World Series Champion Giants Opens Monday at the Hall of Fame]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:28:20 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/RS12812_458071300-scr.jpg

With three World Series victories in five seasons, the San Francisco Giants are turning the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Autumn Glory exhibit into a regular orange-and-black update.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 24, the Museum will document the Giants’ most recent World Series title through Autumn Glory, the annual tribute to the World Series Champions in Cooperstown. As a primer for the exhibit opening and now available for viewing at www.baseballhall.org, a content package featuring an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the artifact acquisition process through videos, images and stories and the stories is now live at the Museum’s website.

 Following San Francisco’s World Series-clinching win on Oct. 29, the Museum acquired several artifacts from the Giants, who notched the franchise’s eighth Fall Classic title with their victory over the Kansas City Royals in the 110th World Series. Artifacts donated by the Giants and featured in the exhibit celebrating the 2014 postseason include:

  •   Jersey worn by Giants’ catcher Buster Posey in Game 7 

  • Bat used by Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval in Game 7; Sandoval set a new Postseason record with 26 hits

  • Bat used by the Giants’ Hunter Pence in Game 6 of the World Series; Pence tied a Giants record with 12 hits during the World Series

  • Cap worn by Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy throughout the World Series

  • Cap worn by World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner in Games 1, 5 and 7

  • Spikes worn by Game 7 winner Jeremy Affeldt

  • The bat used by the Giants’ Travis Ishikawa to hit his walk-off home run in Game 5 of the NLCS

They will join three artifacts donated by the American League Champion Kansas City Royals:

  • The cap worn by Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura during his victory, and in tribute to Oscar Taveras, in Game 6 of the World Series

  • The cap worn by Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan in Game 3 of the World Series when he became the first player to appear in the College World Series and the MLB World Series in the same year

  • The jersey worn by Royals manager Ned Yost in Game 4 of the ALCS when Yost became the first manager to win his first eight postseason games

The 2014 World Series exhibit in Autumn Glory will be on display through the conclusion of the 2015 Major League Baseball postseason. Entrance to the Autumn Glory exhibit is included with Museum admission.

Fans can experience Autumn Glory virtually through the Museum’s new web platform at www.baseballhall.org. Featuring unique photos of the heroes of the 2014 World Series, compelling videos and the backstory of artifacts’ journey to Cooperstown, the Autumn Glory package showcases the Hall of Fame’s fresh online look.

In 2015, the Museum will continue its salute to the Giants’ World Championship of 2014 with special programming to be announced in the spring.

The Museum collections contain many artifacts documenting the entire history of World Series and postseason play, including Don Larsen’s cap and Yogi Berra’s mitt from Larsen’s 1956 perfect game; Joe Carter’s bat from his Series-ending blast in 1993; the jersey David Freese wore when he hit his game-winning home run in Game 6 in 2011; and World Series rings from the last century of Fall Classic competition.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

Photo Credit: Jamie Squire]]>
<![CDATA[Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa Tree Lighting Ceremony]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:54:04 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/201*120/465_101_z.jpg

Santa Claus and guest of honor Daniel Omar Rodriguez, El Verano Elementary School student and Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance mentee, will officially launch Wine Country’s holiday season at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa with their Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Get in the holiday spirit and see the beautiful lightshow of thousands of snow-white, twinkling lights decorating the historic sycamore tree that grace’s the resort’s main entrance. Dickens-era carolers, holiday confections like hot cocoa and spiced cider, and visits with Santa are all part of the holiday celebration that you and your family can enjoy.

You can also donate to the Fairmont’s Tree of Hope, a corporate based initiative lending support to local philanthropic organizations serving the needs of children. Donations will benefit the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.

For more information, please click here

When: November 29, 2014

Where: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Time: 5:00 PM

<![CDATA[Taxi Protest at SFO Against Ride-Share Companies, Uber, Lyft, Sidecar]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:02:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/226*120/cab2.jpg Taxi drivers at San Francisco International Airport caused massive traffic issues Monday night when they began circling the lower domestic loop of the airport protesting the rideshare services, Uber and Lyft, which were recently granted rights at the airport. Stephanie Chuang reports.

Photo Credit: Jeff Gilmore]]>
<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area's Talent Locations for the "Help Us End Hunger" Food Drive]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:30:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/GavinFoodDrive.jpg

NBC Bay Area and Safeway are partnering for the fifth year in a row to bring a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday to all with their "Help Us End Hunger" food drive. Last year, the food drive collected over 134,000 bags of groceries, amounting to over 1,600,000 pounds of food for those in need.

NBC Bay Area's own anchors and reporters will also be lending a helping hand. Here is a list of Safeway locations where you can visit and meet some of NBC Bay Area's talent:

Jessica Aguirre - @jessaguirrenbc
6790 Bernal Ave, Pleasonton

Raj Mathai - @rajmathai
1st & Foothill, Los Altos

Janelle Wang - @janellewang
1st & Foothill, Los Altos

Jeff Ranieri - @jeffranieri
200 Alamo Plaze, Alamo

Terry McSweeney - @TerryMcSweeney
2020 Market Street (Castro), San Francisco

Peggy Bunker - @PeggyBunker
1st & Foothill, Los Altos

Rob Mayeda - @robmayeda
2496 Camino Tassajara, Danville

Laura Garcia-Cannon - @lauragarciacann
840 E. Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill

Sam Brock - @samnbcbayarea
840 E. Dunna Ave, Morgan Hill

Scott McGrew - @scottmcgrew
3970 Rivermark Plaze, Santa Clara

Christina Loren - @christina_loren
3970 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara

Mike Inouye - @mikenoway
46848 Mission Blvd, Fremont

Stephanie Chuang - @stephchuang
2020 Market St., San Francisco

 Robert Handa - @RHandaNBC
235 Tennant Street, Morgan Hill

Ian Cull -  @NBCian
235 tennant Street, Morgan Hill

Jean Elle - @nbcjeanelle
2020 Market St., San Francisco

Joe Rosato
2020 Market St., San Francisco

Geraud Moncure - @GeraudMoncure
2020 Market St., San Francisco

Garvin Thomas - @garvinthomas
1530 Hamilton Ave., San Jose

Kris Sanchez - @krisnbc
1530 Hamilton Ave., San Jose

Marianne Favro - @mariannefavro
470 N. San Cruz Blvd., Los Gatos

Damian Trujillo - @damiantrujillo
1771 Capitol Exp., San Jose

Michelle Roberts - @Michelle_NBC
1st & Foothill, Los Altos

Jodi Hernandez - @jodihernandez01
3365 Deer Valley Rd., Antioch

Christie Smith - @christies_NBC
3365 Deer Valley Rd., Antioch

Cheryl Hurd - @hurd_hurd
122 Robles Way, Vallejo

Mark Matthews - @MarkMatthewsNBC
110 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley


For more information about the "Help Us End Hunger" food, click here

<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area and Safeway Hunger Bag Recipe Challenge ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:16:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/squash+soup2014.jpg

Chefs from around the Bay Area were given a pre-packed grocery bag and pantry list to create a delicious Thanksgiving dish. See some of the creative recipes below and be sure to visit your local Safeway to donate to NBC Bay Area and Safeways' "Help Us End Hunger" Holiday Food Drive on November 22.

 All chefs were requires to use at least three of the following items: Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna, Pantry Essential Pasta, Hunts Pasta Sauce, Del Monte Family Size Vegetables, Skippy Peanut Butter, Kraft Blue Box, Safeway Chicken Noodle OR Tomato. 

 Chefs were also able to add any of the following kitchen staple items: Potatoes, Yams, Apples, Carrots, Cabbage, Bell Peppers, Onions, Squash, Celery, Pears, Chicken, Rice.  

Andrew Court, Chef
Winter Bread Pudding
Fairmont San Francisco Recipe 

Pantry Essentials Orzo Pasta & Shredded Chicken, Hunts Pasta Sauce & Fresh Basil.

2 Portions

8 oz     Brioche Loaf - Cubes
8 oz     Mixed Winter Mushrooms 
1 ½oz  White onion, finely chopped
2 oz     Unsalted Butter
Fresh Parsley, Thyme
2 tsp    Garlic, minced
6 oz     Delmonte Mixed Vegetables – Low Sodium
4 oz     Poached Chicken Breast
½-1tsp Juniper Berries, roasted and ground
2 oz     Pantry Essentials Orzo Pasta, cooked
2 ea      Eggs
9 floz Half & Half
5 oz     Parmesan, Shredded 

Prepared Day Prior;

Poach Chicken breast in seasoned chicken stock till tender drain and reserve, store in refrigerator overnight. 

Prepare Day of;

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

Bake bread cubes in 1 layer in a large shallow baking pan until golden-brown, about 4 minutes

Tear or cut mushrooms lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces.

Shred Chicken breast by hand, into ¼ oz pieces.

Cook onion in butter in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until the liquid the mushrooms give off has evaporated, about 6-8 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, juniper, drained vegetables and garlic. Cook while stirring, 2 minutes. Add shredded chicken, toss lightly and Remove from heat.

Whisk together half-and-half, eggs, cheese, add salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in mushrooms, orzo and bread cubes until coated well and let stand 10 minutes for bread to absorb some of egg mixture. 

Butter pan, and line with parchment in bottom of each. 
Spoon mixture into pan or ramekins, and back on a backing sheet until firm to the touch, 30 minutes. 
Let cool to the touch, and remove from pan. Cut pudding to desired size, and place on plate. 
Serve with prepared tomato sauce, fresh basil and micro greens and herbs. 

Chef Anthony Hsia, Executive Chef
Rustic Spaghetti with Tuna and Lemon
Fairmont San Jose Recipe

1 packet dried pasta of your choice
1 can of tuna, broken into chunks, juice reserved
1 bunch Italian parsley
2 cloves garlic
2-3 cups grated parmesan (or more if you like cheese)
1 pack cut vegetables
1-2 lemons
4 tablespoons

Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water with a pinch of salt. Check pasta box for timing as pasta sizes affect cooking time. Once cooked, drain off water in colander and hold.

Heat olive oil in sauté pan until just under smoking, and add garlic and cut vegetables and chopped Italian parsley. Should be very fragrant. Remove from heat and pour entire contents onto the pasta.

Gently fold in the crumbled tuna and its juice, the parmesan, and the juice of lemons.  

 Season with salt and pepper, and enjoy.

  Chef Andrew Cain, Santeat the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Tuna Noodle Casserole “Croquettes” with Tomato Dipping Sauce
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Recipe

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (6-oz) can Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna, drained
2 cups of Del Monte Family Size Frozen Peas, Thawed and drained
4 oz coarsely grated White Cheddar Cheese (1 cup)
6 oz dried Safeway Pantry Essentials Ditalini Pasta
4 cups Fine Ground fresh bread crumbs (from dried white sandwich bread)
4 ea eggs
4 oz. Grated Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
64 oz. Canola Oil (For Frying)
4 oz can Hunt’s pasta sauce (For Dipping)

In a medium sauce pot prepare a basic white roux by first melting the butter over a low heat, then whisking in a ¼ of cup of the flour.  Slowly cook the roux for about 5 minutes stirring constantly being careful not to scorch, or caramelize the flour.

Add the milk to the roux in three parts, whisking thoroughly at each addition to ensure that the ingredients are well incorporated.  Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. 

 Slowly add in the cheese, stirring constantly to ensure that the cheese sauce is well incorporated and does not stick or burn at the bottom of the sauce pot. 

Season the cheese sauce with salt to taste, remove from the heat, keeping covered. 

Boil the pasta per the instructions on the box.  When the pasta is cooked, drain it well.

Combine the frozen peas, drained tuna, as well as the cooked pasta with the prepared cheese sauce.  The mixture should be a bit dryer than a traditional casserole.

Allow the finished casserole to cool to room temperature.

Using a large tablespoon, portion the casserole into approximately 1 oz. portions.  Then using your hands roll the tuna casserole portions into balls, flattening each side of the portion to form a puck like form, (Croquettes). Place the formed croquettes in the freezer for at least 1 hour to firm up.

Whip the eggs with about 3 tablespoons water to form an egg wash.

 Evenly flour the croquettes on all sides being sure to pat off any excess flour. Next, coat the croquettes evenly in the egg wash, again allowing any excess egg wash to drip off.  Finally, coat the croquettes on all sides with the prepared bread crumbs.

In a large stock pot with tall sides bring the oil up to 350 degrees.

Deep fry the croquettes until golden brown, then place in a 350 degree oven on a sheet try lined with absorbent paper towels for 10 minutes.  Insert a paring knife into one croquette to make sure they are hot throughout.

Serve the croquettes on a bed of grated parmesan cheese with warm Hunts Pasta dipping sauce.

Note: The croquettes can be stored in the freezer in a zip lock for up to 3 months. 

Jennifer Lowe, Nutrition Program Manager
Squash Soup
Alameda County Community Food Bank

Vegetable soup made with canned chicken noodle soup as a base

Saute fresh vegetables (potato, celery, carrots, bell pepper, onion and squash) and add them to the canned chicken soup.

Hollow out the squash and serve soup in a squash bowl.


Jennifer Lowe, Nutrition Program Manager
Mini Tuna Casserole Bites
Alameda County Community Food Bank


Cook macaroni and cheese on the stove.  Microwave butternut squash.  Add mixed vegetables,canned tuna, and one egg. Stir in cooked squash.  Fill muffin cups and bake for 15 min.

<![CDATA[Free Dental Checkups for Veterans]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:48:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Checkup2-W.jpg

In support of the Bay Area veteran community, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco is offering free oral health checkups to military veterans on Tuesday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Veterans of all ages will have an opportunity to get oral health questions answered and receive a dental checkup, blood pressure check, oral cancer screening, oral health tips and a health gift bag.

Appointments are required by calling (415) 351-7128.

Checkups will be held at the school’s dental clinics, located at 155 Fifth Street in downtown San Francisco. More details are at www.dental.pacific.edu.

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: 155 Fifth Street, downtown San Francisco

Cost: Free to military veterans

<![CDATA[WATCH LIVE: The Tech Awards Gala 2014]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:45:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/187*120/2014-11-13_17-50-44.jpg

The 14th annual Tech Awards Gala presented by Applied Materials is taking place tonight, Nov. 13.

The Tech Awards is the signature program of the Tech Museum of Innovation. It honors individuals, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies who are using technology to significantly improve human conditions in the categories of environment, education, health and economic development.

This year 10 people who are using technology to benefit humanity will be recognized in front of 1,400 Silicon Valley technorati.

Among the award recipients and special guests are renowned philanthropist and media pioneer Ted Turner and 10 global innovators from India to Africa to Latin America.

WATCH LIVE: We will be streaming the Tech Awards Gala live on this page beginning at 7:40 p.m.  (Refresh this page after 7:40 to see the live stream)

When: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Where: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Time: 7:40 pm - 9:40 pm

For more information on the Tech Awards, click here.

Photo Credit: The Tech Museum]]>
<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area and Safeway's "Help Us End Hunger" Holiday Food Drive]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:29:04 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hunger-th.jpg

NBC Bay Area is making sure everyone has a memorable Thanksgiving holiday this year with their annual “Help Us End Hunger” food drive.


This one-day food drive will be on Saturday, November 22. Kicking off a month-long effort to fight hunger with Bay Area Food Banks, a collaboration of seven food banks serving over 780,000 local residents each month, the food drive will take place at 155 Safeway locations throughout the Bay Area, making it easy for community members to participate and help feed their neighbors in need.

For the last five years, NBC Bay Area has partnered with Safeway to help stock the shelves of local food banks. Last year, the food drive collected more than 134,000 bags at Safeway Stores across the Bay Area, amounting to over 1,600,000 pounds of food for those in need.

Despite the recovering economy, thousands of Bay Area residents still rely on their local food banks to put food on their tables each week. Our goal is to create awareness and provide our viewers an easy way to help out,” said Rich Cerussi, NBC Bay Area President and General Manager.

NBC Bay Area has enlisted hundreds of volunteers – including NBC Bay Area anchors and reporters helping at their own neighborhood Safeway Stores – on Saturday, November 22 to encourage shoppers to donate food items. To make the donation process easier, a specially produced shopping bag filled with items that food banks need the most will be available for $10 at all local Safeway stores. Items include pasta and sauce, canned vegetables and important protein items like peanut butter and canned tuna. Once collected, the bags will be delivered to food banks for distribution to needy families. The bags will be available for Safeway shoppers to purchase from November 22 through December 25.

NBC Bay Area Media Contact: Liza Catalan (408) 432-4302, liza.catalan@nbcuni.com

Safeway Media Contact: Wendy Gutshall (925) 467-3523

Participating food banks:

Alameda County Community Food Bank
7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA 94621
Media Contact: Michael Altfest (510) 636-3663 ext. 330, maltfest@accfb.org

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Contra Costa: 4010 Nelson Avenue, Concord, CA 94520
Solano: 2339 Courage Drive, Suite F, Fairfield, CA 94533
Media Contact: Lisa Sherrill (925) 408-7655, lsherrill@foodbankccs.org

Redwood Empire Food Bank (Sonoma County)
3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Media Contact: Christy Gentry (707)523-7902 ext. 158, cgentry@refb.org

San Francisco Food Bank & Marin Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue San Francisco, CA  94107
Media Contact: Blain Johnson (415)282-1900 ext. 270, bjohnson@sfmfoodbank.org

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Curtner Center: 750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose CA 95125
Cypress Center: 4001 North 1st Street, San Jose CA 95134
Bing Center: 1051 Bing Street, San Carlos, CA 94070
Media Contact: Caitlin Kerk (408) 858-9208, ckerk@shfb.org

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Turkey Trot Volunteers Needed]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/186*120/Silicon-Valley-Turkey-Trot115.jpg

 Help is needed to support the upcoming Thanksgiving Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, which benefits Second Harvest. Volunteer as an individual or a group; bring family, co-workers, etc., to help sign up race participants and hand out race bibs prior to the race. 

Click here to register. Must be 16 years or older to volunteer.

Dates: Friday, November 21; Saturday, November 22; Sunday, November 23; Monday, November 24; Tuesday, November 25; Wednesday, November 26

Shift Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

<![CDATA[Hawaiian Airline and Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 15:54:15 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/archive-20125558.jpg

NBC Bay Area is a proud sponsor of Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice which returns November 14 to the Circle of Palms in the heart of downtown San Jose’s holiday attractions.

With Hawaiian Airlines as title sponsor, Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation partner with the San Jose Downtown Association to produce the rink.  This three-way partnership has existed now for five years. 

“It brings great joy to see all the families celebrate the holiday season at Downtown Ice, which remains one of the most unique and attractive outdoor skating rinks in the country,” Yamaguchi said.  “I am honored to once again be associated with such a holiday treasure.”

The outdoor rink at 120 S. Market St. has generated holiday season merriment downtown for 19 years at three different locations.  More than 100,000 skaters and spectators are expected to attend Downtown Ice between Nov. 14 and Jan. 11.  The rink generates an estimated $3 million in economic impact to the downtown business community each year.

Skaters glide around 32 glimmering palms from which the circular rink gains its iconic form.  This season, the “Halo” light show reprises for its second year, with LEDs on the palms continuously changing color and patterns.  Choreographed displays to music take place at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily.

Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic figure skating gold-medal champion, will usher in the new season with an opening celebration Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

During November and early December, Downtown Ice is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday; noon-midnight on Saturday; and noon-9 p.m. on Sunday.  During the winter break, the rink is open 11 a.m.-midnight daily.  Special holiday hours apply.  The $13-17 admission covers skate rental and one unlimited skating session.

Downtown Ice is located within steps of Christmas in the Park displays, which occupies Plaza de Cesar Chavez starting Nov. 28.  These two downtown San Jose holiday attractions are supported in part by participants in the 5-kilometer TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley held on Dec. 14.

For more information, visit sjdowntown.com/downtownice

When: Open daily November 14 - January 11, 2015, Opening Ceremony Monday, November 17, 2014 

Where: Circle of Palms, downtown San Jose, 120 South Market Street, across from Plaza de Chavez, between the San Jose Museum of Art and Fairmont San Jose. 

<![CDATA[Fremont Crowdfunding Seminar ]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:56:32 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/183*120/frmexterior1414.jpg

Crowdfunding is a fast growing source of investment for early stage companies. Many experts believe crowdfunding will become more important than venture capital in terms of dollars invested within the next ten years.

This seminar will discuss the latest trends in crowdsourcing, and how companies are raising capital in this market. The elements of successful campaigns will be discussed, as well as "how to" tips for your campaign.

This seminar is free to all attendees. Pre-registration is required. Please click here to register. Refreshments will be served. 

This seminar is sponsored by the City of Fremont, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center, and the Alameda County Library System. 

When: Monday, November 17, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont 

Cost: Free

<![CDATA[Sunday Friend's 7th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:21:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/SFHShoppingSpree.jpg

Sunday Friends, “The Working Alternative to Charity,” brings back their 7th annual Holiday Shopping Spree for a two-day gift raising event in the Silicon Valley on November 14th and 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The Holiday Shopping Spree is a charity event where individuals or small groups can donate from $10-$100 at the Cupertino Target, which is then pooled and divided among shopping teams who are given a shopping mission to buy baby toys, little boys and girls items, gifts for teens, moms, and dads, and warmth items. Prizes are awarded to the team who finds the Best Bargain, Most Creative, and Most Adorable items.

The Holiday Shopping Spree makes it possible for low income families to experience a meaningful and memorable holiday of giving to their loved ones. Adults and children earn, pick, wrap, and present the gifts purchased during the shopping spree. Participants “purchase” the gifts to present using tickets they’ve earned throughout the year by participating in classes projects benefitting their families, neighbors, and the community.

For more information, click here

When: November 14th and 21st, 2014

Where: Cupertino Target

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM

<![CDATA[Truth is the New Black, Project Avary Annual Celebration 2014]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:06:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/221*120/140916_piper_kerman_ap_605.jpg

Get tickets now for Truth is the New Black, Celebrating Stories of Courage and Change. Project Avary will host their annual fund raising event this year with special guest, Piper Kerman, best-selling author of the book Orange is the New Black, My Year in a Women's Prison, which inspired the hit Netflix series. The event will be on Friday, November 14th at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. 

In her memoir Orange is the New Black, My Year in a Women's Prison, Piper Kerman recounts the year that she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime she had committed ten years prior as a very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking. The memoir was adapted into an original Netflix series of the same name by Jenji Kohan. Kerman has delivered lectures to campuses across the country. 

Project Avary improves life outcomes for children with parents in prison. Children with incarcerated parents are highly at-risk youth who, through no fault of their own, face daunting life challenges. Long-term guidance and training helps children develop emotional, social, and life skills that are essential for growing into healthy young adults.

When: Friday, November 14, 2014

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Where: The Great American Music Hall, 859 O' Farrell Street, San Francisco 

Cost: Floor Seats- $150, Balcony Seats- $100

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[The Napa Valley Film Festival]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:52:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/250*120/NapaVFF.png

The Napa Valley Film Festival, the ultimate celebration of film, food, and wine, returns to Napa for its fourth consecutive year on November 12th through the 16th. Attendees get to enjoy film panels and culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, the spectacular Festival Gala, celebrity tributes, an awards ceremony, and an array of parties.

This year’s festival brings you 125 independent films, 300 filmmakers, 12 beautiful screening venues across four walkable villages, 50 chefs, and 150 wineries. Renowned celebrities – Kevin Costner, Mike Myers, Shailene Woodley, and so many more – will be in attendance to meet the audience and enjoy Napa Valley’s finest food, wine, and hospitality.

For more information, click here

When: November 12-16, 2014

Where: For specific and general event locations, please click here

Time: For specific and general event times, please click here

<![CDATA[Gilroy High School Choir's Luck O' the Irish Treats and Tunes]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:27:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/200*120/Gilroy-High-School-Choral-Ensembles-logo-Stir-Fry-Willie.jpg

 Come out to Gilroy High School Choir's Luck O' the Irish Treats and Tunes and enjoy an evening of live Irish entertainment. Proceeds of the November 15 event will benefit the Gilroy High School Choirs and Chamber Singers June 2015 performance tour of Ireland. 

It is sure to be a festive Irish evening with a decadent dessert and coffee bar and of course, live Irish music and dancing. There is opportunity to win an amazing door prize including a wine basket, dinner date for two, movie entertainment package, and more. A silent auction will offer items such as a winter getaway to London or Paris for two over the 2015 Martin Luther King Day weekend, iPad Air 2, beach horse ride for two, 4 memberships for 2014-2015 season at Gilroy Gardens, and more! 

All ticket purchases will receive the official "Sponsor" t-shirt of the Chamber Singers Ireland 2015 Tour. 

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Where: South Valley Community Church, 8095 Kelton Drive, Gilroy 

Cost: $20 per ticket or $100 for 6

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. 

<![CDATA[Capes4Heroes' Cowboys & Capes ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:44:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/265*120/C4HCowboyCapesEdit.jpg

Help Capes4Heroes continue their mission to show all children that they are heroes at Cowboys and Capes. This family-friendly fundraiser is calling all cowboys and cowgirls to enjoy fun children’s activities – sack races, bobbing for cherries, archery, and a petting zoo – while raising money to help a great cause. Have a chance to win a one-of-a-kind playhouse, a 49ers gift basket, fine wine, and much more from a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds from the event benefit Capes4Heroes.

Capes4Heroes makes personalized capes for kids with disabilities, kids with life threatening illnesses and kids who just need to feel empowered all over the United States. Their mission is to bring an extra boost of strength and courage to make kids feel like the superheroes they truly are.

For more information, click here

When: November 15, 2014

Where: The Ranch


Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

<![CDATA[National Philanthropy Day ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:57:33 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/232*120/national-philanthropy-day-logo.jpg

Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day is AFP SVC’s premier event held each year in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day.  A celebration of excellence in local philanthropy, Philanthropy Day is a community event that is attended by hundreds of fundraisers, community leaders and philanthropists each year. 

The 27th Annual Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day will be Friday, November 21 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Honorees of the day will include Charmaine and Dan Warmenhoven, Randy Pond, Microsoft, Focus Business Bank, and more. 

Become a Sponsor 

Join AFP SVC in honoring the exceptional fundraisers, organizations, and philanthropists that make inspiring and meaningful contributions to the local community. With more than 600 guests in attendance each year, Silicon Valley Philanthropy is that special day when we all come together to recognize our shared commitment to “Change the World with a Giving Heart.”

Advertise in the Event Program

Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in Philanthropy Day, generate visibility for your organization and support AFP SVC!  Advertising is available in the Philanthropy Day event program, which is produced and distributed as a special supplement to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.  Most advertising packages also include a table for 10 at the awards luncheon.  

When: Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 11:00 a.m. social hour, 12:00p.m. Luncheon and Awards

Where: Santa Clara Convention Center

Cost: $85 per person/ $850 per table of ten

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. 

<![CDATA[Veteran's Day Special Events at the USS Hornet Musem]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:45:32 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/VetsDay14-Web+Page+GraphicEdit.jpg

The USS Hornet Museum will honor some of our country’s most heroic veterans from World War II with special Veteran’s Day events this year. This national holiday will feature two special events, in the morning and evening. The morning will begin with an annual service and a commemorative wreath-toss, followed by activities honoring Carrier Air Group 11, one of the fighter squadrons that flew from USS Hornet CV-11 during WWII. Surviving members of the group will be special guests for a panel discussion and meet and greet. At 1:00 PM, the museum will unveil a new exhibit featuring the group.

The evening will then commence with a reception and special screening of the new documentary “Eleven,” an amazing film about the surviving Air Group 11 members. Meet the director, George Retelas, and some of the featured Air Group 11 members.

For more information, click here

When: November 11, 2014

Where: USS Hornet Museum


Time: 11:00 AM 

<![CDATA[Home of Hope Annual Banquet Fundraiser]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:33:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/invite1410.jpg

It takes extraordinary effort and courage to uplift a person from the depths of anonymity, accept them as they are and assist them to preserve and progress beyond what is expected of them. You can help in this effort at the Annual Banquet Fundraiser on November 9 in Milpitas. Sponsor a table or attend the banquet to help Home of Hope reach their $50,000 goal. 

Someone once said " in hopelessness there is always hope." At Home of Hope, they believe and strive to enable and give the disadvantage and disabled a life of dignity and self reliance. 

When: Sunday, November 9, 2014

Time: 5:00pm 

Where: India Community Center, 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas

Cost: $125 for individual tickets, Sponsorship packages range from $1,500-25,000

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

<![CDATA[Planning Your Year End Taxes with Alan Olsen]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:40:25 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/186*120/head-shot.png

Make your tax season a little smoother and hear Alan Olsen – CPA, MBA, and Host of the American Dreams radio talk show – talk about tax issues for 2014 that can help you plan your year-end taxes and increase your savings and refunds.

Here a review and learn about great tax tips on upcoming taxation, new legislation and tax changes, credits and deductibles, and strategies from which you can benefit. Both business and personal tax issues will be discussed, including portfolios and retirement accounts. This is a free seminar and no registration is required.

For more information, click here

When: November 4, 2014

Where: Fremont Main Library

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

<![CDATA[Ebola Quarantine Rules in Effect in New York, New Jersey]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:27:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_paciente_con_ebola_spencer_st.jpg Strict new quarantine rules are in effect in New York and New Jersey after another health-care worker who just returned from West Africa was placed in isolation over Ebola concerns. She is under quarantine while her Doctors Without Borders colleague is treated for the deadly virus in a New York Hospital. NBC Bay Area’s Kimberly Tere reports with the latest developments.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 2014]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:43:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*122/10462722_792694717420573_4022227565069961659_n.jpg

 Start Thanksgiving off on the right foot at the Applied materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot". Before the big games, the big meal, the parades and the pies, why not get in a little exercise with a few thousand neighbors? It's an event the whole family will enjoy! Many have made the "run" or "walk" a Thanksgiving tradition. 

There are several events to choose from within the 5K and 10K runs and walks, along with a kids fun run. Elite runners, joggers, and walkers will enjoy the downtown San Jose course, which is flat, fast and slows through downtown neighborhoods and business areas. 

You'll also be giving "thanks" by helping Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. These charities provide families with their most basic needs for "health, hope, and a home." The "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot", founded and produced by the Silicon valley Leadership Group Foundation, is now in its 10th year and the total amount given to charity has exceeded $4 million. 

For more information or to register, visit svturkeytrot.com.

When: Thursday, November 27, 2014, Thanksgiving Morning. 

Time: 6:30 am Race Day Packet Pick Up Opens (There will not be a day of, on-site registration. Registration is only available online till 6: am Thanksgiving morning.) Race concludes at noon. 

Where: Downtown San Jose 

<![CDATA[San Francisco International Flute Festival ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:19:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/190*120/vguzmanflute.jpg

Enjoy beautiful sounds by flutist form around the globe at the SF Bay Area International Flute Festival! SF Bay Area International Flute Festival will feature concerts, competitions, masterclasses, workshops, and flute vendors on Nov. 1 & 2 from 9am to 9pm at Valley Christan High School.  

The purpose and goal of the San Francisco Flute Festival is to cultivate, promote, and sponsor the appreciation of the flute and flute music through performance, education, and exposure to all varieties of flute related activities, while providing an encouraging environment for flutist of every level. 

When: Saturday, November 1 and Sunday November 2, 2014

Time: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Valley Christan High School, 100 Skyway Drive, #110, San Jose 

Cost: $15 and up 

For more information, visit the San Francisco Flute Festival website

Photo Credit: Gracie Slegers]]>
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley's Capital Chef & Mixologist "Best of the Valley" ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:33:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/cooking-classes111.jpg

Things are heating up at the Capital Club! Local Chef's of the valley are coming to compete and prove that they are the "Best of the Valley." Each Chef will be given a "mystery basket" of items to create an appetizer, right in front of your eyes, which our esteemed panel of judges will vote on for the title of "Capital Chef."

The Chef's will also provide additional custom appetizers which YOU will vote on for the title of "People's Choice" Who will walk away with the title of Capital Chef & People's Choice? Don't miss this culinary battle royale at our Best of the Valley Charity Classic!

Aritsan cocktails are all the rage and we have some of the best mixologists right here in the Valley, but who is the Capital Mixologist? Five local bartenders will also be competing for the development of a custom Artisan Cocktail, and will be provided a variety of ingredients to use. The top bartender will be awared "Capital Mixologist" and their winning cocktail will have the honor to be featured on the Capital Club cocktail menu.

It will be a day of competition, culinary arts, and custom cocktails all for a good cause! 

Event will also feature a silent auction, complimentary wine and beer, cash bar and live entertainment. 

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Where: 50 West San Fernando, Suite 1700, San Jose 

Cost: $50 per person

For more information or to register, click here. 

<![CDATA[Never Quit Breast Cancer Fundraiser ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:14:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/310*120/10393995_778879758821969_2592125316317181516_n.jpg

Join The Q102 Crew as they raise awareness about breast cancer and raise funds for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Come out to the Shops at Tanforan Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, October 26 between 10 a.m and 7 p.m. and see the live broadcast. The BCEF is a local non-profit organization that helps residents of the Bay Area going through breast cancer with much needed financial assistance.


Q102 Midday host and breast cancer survivor Freska will broadcast live from 10:00 a.m. PT to 2:00 p.m. PT followed by Afternoon Drive host, Mia Amor live from 2:00 p.m. PT to 7:00 p.m. PT. Special LIVE “Get Off Mix” each day with DJ AJAXX at 5:45 p.m. PT to 6:45 p.m. PT. Guest appearances include Morning Show hosts, Joey V. & Alexx, Evening host, The Homie Miguel and more. The entire event can also be heard live at KRBQ-102.1 FM.

Donations can be made by texting HOPE to 72881 or by visiting Q102SF.com/NeverQuit.

When: Thursday, October 23 - Sunday, October 26, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Where: The Shops at Tanforan, 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno

Entrance: Enter the Shops at Tanforan through JC Penny or Old Navy - Q102 Broadcast located on lower level directly in front of Old Navy. 




<![CDATA[The Tech Awards 2014]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:44:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/TechAwardsEdit.jpg

The Tech Museum of Innovation will hold its international awards program, The Tech Awards 2014, on Thursday November 13. Every year, this awards program honors 10 innovators who are individuals, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies from around the world who are applying technology to confront humanity’s most urgent challenges in the categories of environment, education, health and economic development.

All net proceeds from The Tech Awards benefit the educational programs at The Tech.  The gala is a sell-out event and is one of the Silicon Valley’s most memorable and inspiring evenings of the year. There will be free parking at the San Jose Convention Center Garage and formal attire of all cultures is welcome. You can also watch the event live at http://www.nbcbayarea.com/techawards.

For more information, click here

When: November 13, 2014

Where: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Time: 5:30 PM

<![CDATA[Hill Barn Theatre's 26th Annual BRAVO! Awards]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:05:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/255*120/BravoAwards.png

Hillbarn Theatre hosts their 26th Annual BRAVO! Awards, their largest annual fundraising event for 2014. The BRAVO! Awards has honored leading figures in the artistic community since 1989. Proceeds from the awards will help to raise money for Hillbarn Theatre’s growing Conservatory program which educates children and adolescents from ages 4 to 18 in the performing arts, as well as supporting the 6 main-stage productions put on every season by the theater.

This year’s show honors two people who have had a great influence in the artistic community. Receiving the Hillbarn Theatre 2014 BRAVO! Award is former Hillbarn Music Director Greg Sudmeier, whose extensive career also includes work at LucasFilm where he collaborated with many award winning artists from Randy Newman to Journey. Lee Foster, Hillbarn Theatre’s former Executive Producing Director, will be receiving the 2014 Encore Award. She directed two Hillbarn shows, including the smash hit Ragtime and the award-nominated production of The Color Purple.

For more information, click here

When: November 8, 2014

Where: Ballroom at Peninsula Temple Sholom


Time: 6:00 PM

<![CDATA[Corporate Service Rally ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:47:20 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/post01-build-on-movement.jpg

In anticipation of the holiday season, invite  your colleagues to participate in the first ever Corporate Service Rally on Saturday November 1st. This is a great opportunity to continue support of buildOn through providing community service along side some of the student leaders.

Click here to choose from one of the four event happening in Oakland and San Francisco: 

1st Saturday Market & Community Festival at Castlemont High School (Oakland)

The goals of the festival are to promote peace and community safety, help residents access critical information and resources, help residents connect with each other, improving community relations, improving community-police relations, and to increase interest in physical fitness and healthy eating, and supporting local entrepreneurs. 

Ronald McDonald House (San Francisco) 

Ronald McDonald Houses act as a place to stay for families with hospitalized children who are receiving treatment. Volunteers will help cook a delicious meal for the families staying at the House. 

SF Food Bank (San Francisco) 

When you volunteer at the Food Bank, you'll help sort and package the food we distribute to food pantries, children's snack programs and soup kitchens throughout San Francisco and Marin-- enough for more than 100,000 meals each day. 

Visitacion Valley Greenway San Francisco (San Francisco) 

The Visitacion Valley Greenway is composed of a linear series of six publicly owned parcels (each a block long), cutting a verdant swath through the heart of Visitacion Valley. Over a period of 16 it has been developed by the members of the Visitacion Valley Greenway Project in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) and the Trust for Public Land. In its entirety, the Greenway is an outdoor classroom and recreation area beautifying the landscape and uniting the diverse group and generations of Visitacion Valley. 

<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Sheriff's Hero Run ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:46:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/10931817254_8a450434ae_b.jpg

Time to put together your best superhero look and grab your running shoes for The Sheriff's Heroes Run! Join emcee, NBC Bay Area's Robert Handa, at the Cupertino Civic Center on Saturday November 8th dressed as your favorite hero, superhero, or simply come out and support the heroes in your life. Enjoy games and prizes for kids and their families, including best kids' costumes. 

The annual 5K run/walk and kids fun run is produced by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and Valley Medical Center (VMC). Proceeds benefit the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, which has served as a regional pediatric center for more than 50 years. With more than 80 board-certified specialists in pediatrics and neonatology, the Pediatrics Department provides quality care in nearly every pediatric sub-specialty. 

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014

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

Where: Cupertino Civic Center, 10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino

For more information or to register, click here.  

<![CDATA[A Nightmare Before Christmas in the Park ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:58:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*132/a-nightmare-before-christmas-in-the-park_category.jpg

Get into the Halloween spirit a few days early at A Nightmare Before Christmas in the Park! This brand new event will help raise money for the annual 35-day festival in Downtown San Jose. "A Nightmare Before Christmas in the Park", presented by Easy Print Design, is a way of combining two popular holidays into one spectacular evening of food, drinks and fun! 

On October 25th, at the Christmas in the park warehouse, you will be treated to food stations, beer and wine, dueling pianos, a DJ and more. This is a Halloween costume party like no other in a warehouse setting. Tickets are limited to the first 200 people and all proceeds go directly to supporting the main event. Tickets are $100 per person and you must be 21 years of age to attend. 

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Where: Christmas in the Park Warehouse, 101 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose

Cost: $100 per person

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Christmas in the Park website

<![CDATA[Family Supportive Housing's 28th Annual Soup Kitchen Dinner, Soup's On!]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:41:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/196*120/10733391_10152512784187998_768551500_n+%281%29.jpg

Family Supportive Housing is having their 28th annual Soup Kitchen Dinner, Soup’s On!, on Thursday, November 6, 2014. As their premier fundraising event, all funds go directly to support their programs to empower homeless families in Santa Clara County towards self-sufficiency and to break the cycle of homelessness. Family Supportive Housing is the only shelter in Santa Clara County that serves single and two-parent families, allowing families to stay together. They provide temporary housing and comprehensive, targeted support to help homeless families.

Delicious wines, hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads and desserts are donated by some of the Valley’s finest restaurants and hotels for your enjoyment. Guests have the opportunity to participate in live and silent auctions that include premium wines, golf outings, and exotic vacation getaways.

Join NBC Bay Area’s own morning meteorologist Christina Loren as she will be the emcee for the evening

For more information, click here

When: November 6, 2014

Where: Bellarmine College Preparatory

                San Jose

Time: 6:00 PM

<![CDATA[The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Heroes Breakfast ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:29:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/237*120/m16740211_silicon-valley_comm_heroes_514x260.jpg

The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter will be recognizing local individuals and organizations of Santa Clara County whose extraordinary acts of courage and community service has made them a hero!

Come cheer on your local heroes at the Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, November 6, 2014!

Individual ticket of $25 includes parking, admission to the event and to the museum.

When: Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time: Registration, networking, and breakfast: 8-8:45 a.m.  Program: 8:45-10 a.m.  Museum open to attendees 10 a.m. onwards

Where: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 South Market Street, San Jose 

Cost: $25 

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

<![CDATA[Out & Equal Workplace Summit 2014]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/174*120/2014+Summit+Save+the+Date+GraphicEdit1.png

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates will be hosting their 16th annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit 2014 on November 3 through November 6. Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is an organization committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

The Workplace Summit welcomes over 2, 500 attendees who are individuals, human resource professionals, diversity managers, and employee resource group leaders who will have the chance to participate in more than 120 workshops and caucuses designed to teach how to create inclusive workplaces. The event creates the perfect platform for attendees to make powerful connections, share best practices, and formulate strategies to create inclusive workplace equality.

For more information, click here

When: November 3-6, 2014

Where: Moscone Center West

                San Francisco

<![CDATA[Reserve Sonoma Valley 2014]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:30:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1000x563-sonoma-valley-california-wine-country.jpg

This is your chance to experience the 2014 harvest with an inside view of the Sonoma Valley’s world-class wineries! 

Eight thematic excursions to choose from, each including behind the scenes visits to four wineries, chauffeured transportation, and a wine-country picnic lunch. All excursions run from 9:30am - 5:00pm, and depart from downtown Sonoma at 2000 Broadway, Sonoma. Tickets are $110 per person and advance purchase is required. 

Excursions to choose from: 

Delve Deeper- All Access Tour: A glimpse behind the curtain! Exclusive access to wineries not usually open to the public. A special behind the scenes tour from the crush pad to the barrel room. 

History in the Making: Immerse yourself in the history of Sonoma Valley, the birthplace of California wine making. Taste remarkable wines that reveal both the Valley's storied history and promising future with every sip. 

Harvest in Sonoma Valley: Experience the lively atmosphere of Harvest in Sonoma Valley. Experience firsthand the journey that Sonoma Valley's World Class Wines make for vineyard to bottle! 

Generations of Sonoma Valley- Family Wineries: In Sonoma Valley, the time required to craft wine is counted in generation- visit with some of the great family wineries in the Valley proudly carrying on the wine making traditions of the past generations. 

Sommelier Tour: Join Master Sommelier Christopher Sawyer for a day full of sniffing, swirling and tasting! Get a professional perspective on the world-class wines of Sonoma Valley! 

Discover Los Carneros: Experience the cool coastal climate of the Los Carneros Appellation. Feel the breeze come off of San Pablo Bay while enjoying the exceptional cool-climate wines from this region. 

Discover Sonoma Valley: Known affectionately as the Valley of the Moon, Sonoma Valley is both the name of the region as well its largest AVA. Nestled between Sonoma Mountain and the Mayacamas Mountain range this picturesque valley produces exceptional world-call wines. 

Discover Moon Mountain District: The newest AVA within Sonoma Valley. Join the "Highlanders" for the breath-taking views and powerful wines of the Moon Mountain District. 

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm 

Where: 2000 Broadway, Sonoma

Cost: $110 per person 

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. 

<![CDATA[The Sky's the Limit Fund's 5th Annual Reaching for the Stars Breakfast]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:52:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SkysLimit2.jpg

The fifth annual Reaching for the Stars Breakfast will be on October 30, 2014, a benefit event for the Sky’s the Limit Fund. The Sky’s the Limit Fund is an organization dedicated to helping struggling youth reach their full potential as healthy and valued members of society through wilderness therapy. Wilderness therapy provides a supportive, non-judgmental place where struggling youth can begin to view themselves and their abilities from a different perspective. They have the chance to overcome challenges that they are faced with in the wilderness, which provides success experiences that challenge old, negative beliefs and lead to new, more positive self-perceptions.

Join NBC Bay Area’s three-time Emmy award winning news anchor and emcee for the ceremony, Raj Mathai. Brenda Villa, a top water polo player who has represented Team USA in four Olympics and is passionate about ensuring that youth from all backgrounds have access to aquatics programming will be this year’s Reach for the Stars inspirational guest speaker.

For more information, click here

When: October 30, 2014

Where: Crowne Plaza

                Palo Alto

Time: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

<![CDATA[Guadalupe River Park Conservancy's Family Science Workshop: Guadalupe Geocachers]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:07:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/GRPG-PICT6783.JPG

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy invites you to join their next Family Science workshop: Guadalupe Geocachers on Saturday, October 25. This workshop is an exciting class about geography, navigation, and geocaching. Bring your friends and family to travel back in time to learn about ancient navigation and then jump back to the modern world to learn about how we navigate today using Global Positioning Systems.

You will get to work in teams together to use handheld GPS units, provided by the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, to determine your latitude and longitude in the park, find educational treasure boxes, and solve fun geography puzzles.

For more information , click here

When: October 25, 2014

Where: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor and Education Center

               San Jose

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

<![CDATA[Northwestern Pacific Railroad Centennial Celebration ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:43:05 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/NWPRR1922nearPetalumaCalifornia1016.jpg

 Join in celebrating the Petaluma Train Depot's centennial anniversary! The whole community is invited to raise a glass in a champagne toast to one of Petaluma's iconic historical landmarks. The celebration will precede the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Golden Spike Centennial Celebration, to be held just across the way at East Washington and Baylis Streets from 12-4 PM. 

Activities for the celebration will include taking a closer look at a working locomotive and cupola of a caboose, ride a speeder (slowly) down an isolated side track, take a guided tour of the rail cars being restored, chat with a railroad engineer, and more! Bring the whole family and have your family's picture taken while waving at the locomotive, with free prints on-site. Entrance to the event and off-street parking are free, and the event will provide free refreshments for attendees. 

The Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society (NWPRRHS) was founded thirty years ago. It is dedicated to preserving the rich and colorful heritage of Redwood Empire railroading. We accomplish this through acquisition, preservation and display efforts as well as through gathering oral histories of people who have contributed to our regional history.

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time: 12 - 4 p.m. 

Where: Restoration Site in Petaluma, Off East Washington Street between Baylis and Copeland. 

Cost: Free 

For more information on the celebration, click here. 

<![CDATA[Asian Art Museum: Roads to Arabia]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:30:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/173*120/RoA_major_2014edit1.jpg

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is renowned for their beautiful exhibitions of Asian art and history. They bring you another unique and amazing exhibition: Roads of Arabia – A Rare First Glimpse into a Largely Unknown Past. Archeologists have been working in Saudi Arabia for the last 40 years, unearthing hundreds of unique artifacts from an ancient past and radically transforming our understanding of the region.

Roads of Arabia will only be at the Asian Art Museum for a limited time, from October 24 through January 18. The exhibition explores the historical and cultural development of Arabia and features over 200 objects, from excavated stone tools that date back more than a million years to a rare 17th century set of gilded doors that were once the entrance to Islam’s holiest sanctuary.

For more information, click here

When: October 24, 2014 to January 18, 2015

Where: Asian Art Museum

                San Francisco

Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tues-Sun

<![CDATA[CSIX Connect Recruiter Panel ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:41:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/full+%281%29.jpg

On a job hunt? Now is your chance to find out what recruiters really think at CSIX Connect Recruiter Panel. Come to Saratoga Federated Church on Friday, October 24th and hear from a recruiter panell with Silicon Valley corpotation that are currently hiring. Bring your resume, business cards, and questions for the recruiters. 

When: Friday, October 24, 2014

Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Doors open at 8:15 am for refreshments and networking. 

Where: Saratoga Federated Church, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga 

Cost: $10 pre-registered / $15 at the door

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. 

<![CDATA[United Way Silicon Valley's Inaugural Golf Tournament]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:29:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/202*120/logo_uwsv-new-2012.jpg

United Way Silicon Valley invites you to join their United Way Silicon Valley Inaugural Golf Tournament. United Way Silicon Valley’s mission is to have a community where every child has the opportunity to achieve their dreams through a quality education. The organization is striving to improve overall academic achievements in the Silicon Valley community, specifically targeting 3rd grade improvement, as children who are proficient in reading by the 3rd grade are more likely to graduate from school.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit United Way’s work focused on early childhood literacy. Along with the tournament, there will be dinner and a live auction. Join fellow golf enthusiasts and community members to help make a difference in a child’s life.

For more information, click here

When: October 20, 2014

Where: The Country Club at Boulder Ridge

                San Jose

Time: 9:30 AM

<![CDATA[The San Francisco Nike Women's Half Marathon to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:54:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/san-francisco-desktop-header2.png

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training will be participating in the San Francisco Nike Women’s Half Marathon this year on October 19, 2014. Team in Training, or TNT, was started in 1988 by Bruce Cleland who assembled a team of 38 marathon runners in New York City to raise money in honor of his daughter, a leukemia survivor. That team raised $322,000 for LLS, and for the next 25 years, TNT grew to become the leader in endurance sport training for charity. Since 1988, TNT has raised over $1.4 billion to support LLS’s research and patient services programs. Nike and TNT have been partners in the fight against cancer since 2004, raising over $147.9 million together through the Nike Women’s Marathons across the country.  

The San Francisco Nike Women’s Half Marathon is an annually sold-out race. Runners from all over the world come to the beautiful city by the bay to run a unique 13 mile course. This year alone, there will be approximately 25,000 runners and walkers participating. You can register with Team in Training to participate in the half marathon and help raise money for a wonderful cause.

For more information, click here

When: October 19, 2014

Where: Union Square

                San Francisco

Time: 6:30 AM

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Good Eats & Treats 2014]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:53:45 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/silicon-valley-good-eats-and-treats_s660.jpg

 Foodies and philanthropists unite for the annual Silicon Valley Good Eats & Treats. Held on October 22, the 2014 Silicon Valley Good Eats & Treats takes place at San Pedro Square Market in San Jose, CA.

The Silicon Valley Good Eats & Treats features food and drinks from some of the valley's best restaurants, breweries and wineries; listen to live music; enter to win exclusive raffle items; check out the technology-inspired artwork at ZERO1 Garage; and spend an evening networking with your friends and colleagues! 

Tickets to the Silicon Valley Good Eats & Treats in 2014 cost about $45 per person. Proceeds from the Silicon Valley Good Eats & Treats benefit the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County’s affordable housing programs.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm 

Where: ZERO1 Garage, 439 S. 1st Street, San Jose 

Cost: $45 per person

To purchase tickets, click here

<![CDATA[Santa Clara County's 10th Annual Binational Health Week]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:45:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/Santa+Clara+County+Binational+Health+Week_Page_1+-+Copy3.jpg

Don’t miss this week's final two events for the Santa Clara County’s 10th Annual Binational Health Week, or BHW, on October 16 and 17. BHW is an annual series of health education and health promotion events that include workshops, health fairs, screenings, and insurance referrals for underserved immigrants from Latin America in Santa Clara County. This year, Santa Clara County’s Binational Health Week focuses on HIV/AIDs, Diabetes, Occupational Health, Influenza, and Access to Health Insurance.

You can still be a part of BHW final two days of events for this week, approaching this Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, October 16, attend a Covered California Information and Enrollment session, a Healthier Living Program and Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop, and the 10th Annual Santa Clara County Binational Health Week South County Conference on Emerging Health Topics for Latino Youth. On Friday, October 17, join the HIV Health Fair where you can learn the facts about the virus and get a free HIV test.

Santa Clara County's Binational Health Week officially ends Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

For location and times for each event listed and future events, click here

When: October 16 and 17, 2014

<![CDATA[49ers & Capes4Hereos Visit Lucille Packard Children's Hospital]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:03:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/101014-CR-VTFB--nfl_mezz_1280_1024.jpg

 On Monday, Sept. 29, Capes4Heroes was joined by ten San Francisco 49ers players including Kassim Osgood, Fouimalo Fonoti, Vance McDonald and Michael Wilhoite at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital Stanford to cape 150 children currently being treated at the hospital for life-threatening illnesses. 

Capes4Heroes caped 100 children as they crossed the finish line on Sunday, October 5 at the 2014 Bay Area Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, a benefit for the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area. Thank you to the Danville-Sycamore Rotary Club for sponsoring the capes for these beautiful children.

This March, Capes4Heroes will cape more deserving children at hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Illinois. A special thank you to the East Coast volunteers for making this happen!

<![CDATA[Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc.'s Wine for a Cure]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:24:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/197*120/WineForCure2.jpg

Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc., or CRFI, is rising to the challenge of making a difference in the lives of those affected by cystic fibrosis by raising funds for research and education with their Wine for a Cure event at the Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa in Livermore. Cystic Fibrosis affects 30,000 children and adults in the United States and over 70,000 people worldwide. CFRI is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1975 and has been an important resource for the cystic fibrosis community.

You will get to enjoy the best wine that the Livermore wine country has to offer, as well as fine hors’ d’oeuvers, dinner, and music. Retired 49ers player Bill Ring will be in attendance, along with actor Todd Giebenhain who is living with cystic fibrosis himself. There will be an educational presentation about the disease and an exciting auction. CFRI will also be awarding the “Caregiver of the Year” award to Dr. Carlos Milla in recognition of his tireless and inspirational dedication to providing the highest quality care to children and teens living with cystic fibrosis.

For more information, click here

When: October 19, 2014

WherePurple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa


Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

<![CDATA[DogFest Walk and Roll 2014]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:33:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/dogfest_006_1.jpg

Grab a leash and be part of Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n Roll! It’s a community dog walk that supports the mission of Canine Companions for Independence. Put together a team of friends, family members and coworkers. Then fundraise to earn a cool DogFest prize. If you raise $100, you’ll get a DogFest bandana to sport at DogFest. Then come to DogFest for a tail-waggin’ good time! 

DogFest Walk and Roll Silicon Valley is returning for another "fun-raising" event for dogs and their humans. On October 11, 2014 follow your dogs to Memorical Park in Cupertino. Join NBC Bay's Christina Loren and fellow dog-lovers for the walk! 

For more information or to register, click here

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014 

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Where: Memorial Parl, 10158 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA 95014