<![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, 30 Aug 2014 09:32:26 -0700 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:32:26 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[AACI Char-a-oke Night]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:36:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/171*120/aaci_logo_full_blue.jpg

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

For more information, click here

When: September 20, 2014

Where: Santa Clara Convention Center

Time: 5:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: September 15, 2014

Where: Castlewood Country Club

Time: 10:30 AM

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: August 17, 2014

Where: AT&T Park

Time: 11:50 AM

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

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

For more information, click here

When: September 20 - 21, 2014

Where: Downtown Lafayette

Time: 10 AM to 7 PM

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: October 18, 2014

Where: Great America

            Santa Clara

Time: 7:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

For more information click here

When: September 20, 2014


             1840 Sutter St.

             San Francisco

Time: 4 PM to 8 PM

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

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

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

For more information, click here

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: September 14, 2014

Where: Sharon Field

            Golden Gate Park

Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Imagine our world without art.

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

Schedule of events: 

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

Tuesday, September 16: Quick Draw, Sonoma Plaza

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

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

For more information, click here. 

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

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

For more information, click here

When: September 10, 2014

Where: County of Alameda Training and Education Center

             125 12th Street, Suite 400

             Oakland, CA

Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

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

For more information, click here

When: October 4 - 5, 2014

Where: Downtown San Jose

Time: 8 AM

<![CDATA[4th Annual Silicon Valley Veterans Ball ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:56:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*213/10365987_676166049118644_5321051714809985907_n.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. 

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

Cost: $50 - 500


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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: September 4-7, 2014

Where: Various Locations in San Jose

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: August 30 - 31, 2014

Where: Brodway Ave

             Downtown Millbrae

Time: 10 AM to 5 PM

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: November 2, 2014

Where: SAP Center

Time: 4:00 PM

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

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

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

For more infromation, click here

When: September 6, 2014

Where: Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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



Sam F

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

Ross FM


Carlos Alfonzo

Tomas Phan

Ian Rey


Aaron Axelsen

Dead Funk

Andy P

Mr. Tyler Jackson

California Casual

DJ Hil

Bare Knuckles

James Ashley



Los Disco Duro

Bobby Acosta


Double A and Jay Reese

DJ Basura

Haptic Synapses

Mike Zhao

For more information, click here

When: August 30, 2014

Where: St. James Park

              San Jose

Time:  12 PM to 8 PM

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

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

For more information, click here

When: August 28, 2014

Where: Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

Time: 10:30 AM

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

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

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

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: August 18, 2014

Where: Koret Auditorium

             San Francisco Public Library

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

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

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

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

For more information or to register, click here.

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets and more information, click here.

When: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time: 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: August 16 - 17, 2014

Where: La Plaza Park

              Downtown Cotati

Time: 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM

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

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

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

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: November 8, 2014

Where: Lake Merced

Time: 4:30 PM

<![CDATA[The Future of Pop Music- Ensemble Mik Nawooj]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:09:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/EMN28.jpg

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

When: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Where: San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

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

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

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014

Where: Discovery Meadow, San Jose, CA

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

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

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

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

<![CDATA[Alameda County Heroes Breakfast 2014]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:54:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/237*120/m27940175_2013-alameda-county-heroes_514x260.jpg

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

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

Animal Rescue Heroes: Adam Cohen and Ed Coyne

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

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

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

Community Service Hero, Organization: Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation

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

Act of Courage Hero: Dan Gale

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

Act of Courage Hero: Philip Scholz

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

Lifesaving Hero: Jose Tamayo

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

Blood Services Hero: Josie Mattos

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

Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero: Mary Silveria

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

Community Service Hero, Individual: Officer Tim DeGrano

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

When: September 5, 2014

Where: Hilton Oakland Airport

Time: 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM

For more information, click here

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

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

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

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

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

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014

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

Where: 3rd Street and Monterey Road

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: August 30, 2014

Where: MacMurray Estate Vineyards


Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

For More information, click here

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

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

When: August 22, 2014

Where: Wente Vineyards


Time: 9:30 AM (Golf Check in)

            5:00 PM (Backswing Bash)

For more information, click here

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

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

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

When: August 20, 2014

Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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

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

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

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

For tickets and additional information, click here.

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

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

When: August 2, 2014

Where: CreaTV San Jose

               255 W. Julian Street, Suite 100

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM

For more information, click here

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

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

When: September 7, 2014

Where: AT&T Park

Time: 5:30 AM to 2:00 PM

For more infromation, click here

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

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

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

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

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

When: July 31 - August 5, 2014

Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

For more information, click here

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

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

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

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

           July 15 to August 31, 2014 (Volunteers Needed)

Where: Various locations throughout the Bay Area

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

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

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

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

Applicants may apply under the following art forms:

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

Music: includes instrumental, vocal and composition.

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

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

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

When: September 8, 2014

Where: Olympic Club

For more information, click here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: August 2-3, 2014

Where: San Francisco Japantown

Time: 11 AM to 6 PM

For more information, click here

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

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

Special Birthday Party Festivities will include:

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

For more information, click here.

When: Sunday, August 3, 2014

Time: 1 - 3 p.m.

Where: 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Fremont Festival of the Arts]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:32:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Fremont_FotA.jpg

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

When: August 2 & 3, 2014

Where: Downtown Fremont

Time: 10 AM to 6 PM

For more information, click here

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

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

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

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

For more information on the festival, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time: 5:15 p.m.

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

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

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

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

When: July 19, 2014

Where: Circle of Palms

Time: 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM

For more information, click here