<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities ]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/community http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usFri, 24 Mar 2017 11:31:55 -0700Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:31:55 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CHSA Hosts Lisa See Book Signing at Great Star Theater ]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:52:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/248*120/slide1847589357984598.jpg

CHSA is very proud to announce that we will be hosting New York Times bestselling author Lisa See in San Francisco Chinatown’s iconic Great Star Theater on Saturday March 25th. Lisa will be discussing her newest book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, released only one week before this event! The book will be available for purchase and signing by Lisa after the event.

Scribner is delighted to announce the publication of THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE (Scribner, March 21, 2017), a new novel by New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, and the first novel by See to be published by Scribner. See’s previous books, including China Dolls, Dreams of Joy, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, have been celebrated for their authentic, deeply researched, lyrical stories about Chinese characters and cultures; in THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE, See explores the bonds between a Chinese woman from the Akha ethnic minority and the daughter she gives up for adoption.

About the author:

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. Ms. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in fall 2003.

Event Details: 
Where: Great Star Theater
When: March 25, 2017
Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Click for more info.

<![CDATA[Oakland Asian Cultural Center Showcase "In Search Of Eternal Love" ]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:41:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/1002098.jpg

A presentation of dance, drama, painting, and poetry, the “In Search of Eternal Love” showcase will be on March 24, 2017 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center at 7pm. The performance highlights the Universality of Rumi and Meera Bai’s compositions that are relevant to today’s troubled times. Enjoy an exploration of poetry by Persian Mystic Mevlana Rumi and songs by Indian Bhakti Saint Meera Bai through recitation, Indian classical sance, and live music by Ghalib Grooves Carnatic!

Event Details
Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Location: 388 Ninth Street, Ste. 290, Oakland, CA
Time: 7pm

<![CDATA[Festival of Colors - HOLI at Rainbow Park ]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:57:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/FoC+Horizontal.png

Festival of Colors – HOLI includes live bands, DJ’s, interactive dance, color throws, yoga, and delicious foods! A multicultural event that brings the community together to help raise funds for education through Chitanya Topovan Vedika Inc., a local non-profit. Enjoy an amazing line-up that will perform a variety of genres like EDM, hip-hop, alternative rock, and Bollywood music!



Sat, April 8, 2017
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT



Rainbow Park
6155 Rainbow Drive
San Jose, CA 95129

<![CDATA[CAAMFest Film Festival March 9-19, 2017 in SF & Oakland]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:17:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021431979_1200x675_894060611504.jpg

Center for Asian American (CAAM) Film Festival is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian America and Asian films. On March 9-19, 2017, discover cinema in a way you’ve never experienced before! CAAMFest presents approximately 125 works in San Francisco and Oakland over the course of 11 days. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as vital source for new Asian cinemas. 

The festival’s core commitment is the discovery of new talent, new voices, new stories, and new visions. With the element of food, live performances, and music including great Bay Area musicians as Francis Wong, Mark Izu, Thao Nguyen: CAAMFest is truly a feast for the mind and the senses!

This year’s 35th milestone marks CAAmFest’s rich history and its remarkable evolution. Over the decades, this film festival has presented unique opportunities to connect and bond with the diverse San Francisco Bay Area communities through cinema and storytelling of so many creative visionaries.

Purchase your tickets now!

<![CDATA[Jr. League San Jose 25th Bi-Annual Rummage Sale at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds ]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:22:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021431997_1200x675_894057027920.jpg

Junior League of San Jose presents the 25th Rummage Sale on March 18, 2017! The greatest one day garage sale located at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Expo Hall with free admission to over 45,000 square feet of bargains for your buck! Take advantage of the free community health and resource fair from 8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m! 

Event Details:

Where: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Expo Hall : 344 Tully Road, San Jose
When: March 18, 2017
Time: 8 a.m- 6 p.m

<![CDATA[Don't Miss Dublin's 34th St. Patrick's Day Celebration ]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:22:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021405085_1200x675_892539459507.jpg

Join the festivities at the City of Dublin’s 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, 2017! 

Three Stages of Irish Music and Dance!

You'll find everything from Celtic Rock and bagpipes to traditional Irish folk music or Celtic harp performing throughout Saturday and Sunday on two stages. Also, don't miss the Irish Dancers performing continuously on the Dance Stage.


Food & Drink
An International Food Court!

An expanded Irish menu will feature Corned Beef Sliders, Irish Bangers and Mash, Guinness-marinated Tri-Tip on Irish Soda Bread, Boxty (traditional Irish potato cakes with corned beef and cabbage) and, of course, Fish and Chips! Traditional festival favorites, such as funnel cakes and kettle corn, along with international choices, such as lumpia, teriyaki chicken and beef kabobs, will also be served.


Over 250 Booths!

The Irish Market place will feature unique Celtic artwork, Irish tartans, hand-knit wool sweaters, Celtic capes and shawls, beautiful handmade Celtic jewelry, books, music, and much more! Other vendors will include arts and crafts booths, commercial vendors, non-profit groups, and sponsors.


Carnival Rides
Rides and Games for All Ages!

• Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

• Sunday 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.


Irish Tea Cottage
A wee bit of Ireland!

Enjoy live Irish music while enjoying a steaming cup of Irish tea served in fine china along with delicious shortbread and scones. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

<![CDATA[Celebrity Storytime Kari Hall at Joyce Ellington Branch Library ]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:17:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/20170228_142432.jpg

In celebration of Black History Month and Read Across America, NBC’s very own meteorologist Kari Hall was a celebrity guest reader at Joyce Ellington Branch Library. Kari got to read a children’s favorite storytime novel, “Cloud with a chance of meatballs”. This event is part of Silicon Valley Reads 2017, an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic. Our goals are to encourage the love of reading and learning and to have a welcoming forum where our diverse community can come together to share different perspectives.

This year will be the 15th year for Silicon Valley Reads, and the theme is "justice for all". Raising awareness and sparking new ideas on how we can reduce bias in our legal system and daily life.

<![CDATA[Come out to the Evolution Sports Expo.]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:01:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/sports+expo+3+2.png

We are inviting you to the 5th year of The Evolution Sports Expo on March 18th, 2017, at 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA. 95054 -"WEST COAST'S Largest Fitness and Martial Arts Event" with over 10,000 guestd attending and partipating in over 18 plus tournaments and competitions, such as:

. Crossfit Competition

. Musclemania

. Fitness Competition

. Jiu Jitsu Tournament

. Boxing

. Karate

. Obstacle Course

. Judo

. Calisthenics

. Muay Thai

. 5k

. Tae Kwon Do


. Arm wrestling

... and much more.


5001 Great America parkway, Santa Clara, Ca. 95054


March 18th, 2017

<![CDATA[The State of the State of Small Businesses in the Bay Area]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:36:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/258*120/March+2017+GM.jpeg

Join this interactive and timely discussion on the state of small business in the Bay Area. An expert and diverse panel of small business leaders will provide a wide-ranging analysis of the overall economic, regulatory and social conditions for the small business ecosystem.

Key Takeaways:

• Holistic view of resources available to small businesses on the national, state and local levels

• How the high-tech startup ecosystem impacts small business viability and growth

• Strategies and mindset that small businesses and their consumers/customers can implement to continue or accelerate momentum

• How their networks and surrounding communities can help small businesses survive and thrive


• Theresa Marcroft: CMO/VP Marketing, MarketSavvy: Moderator

• Marsha Bailey: Council Member of the National Women’s Business Council, Founder and CEO, Women's Economic Ventures and the Small Business Loan Fund of Santa Barbara

• Dennis King: Executive Director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

• Nancy Smith: Sunnyvale City Council Member Program Manager, NVIDIA

• Connie Weisman: Director of Corporate Partnerships, Health Innovation, Plug and Play Tech Center

If you would like to submit a question to the panel, please email it in advance to Theresa Marcroft, our Moderator, at tmarcroft@market-savvy.com


Includes meeting, heavy appetizers, coffee/tea.

Once online reservations close, please join us onsite to register.

• Premium members: $40 through Sunday, March 12; $50 after that and at the door

• Basic Members: $50 through Sunday, March 12; $55 after that and at the door

• Non-members: $60 through Sunday, March 12; $65 after that and at the door


March 16, 2017

Michael’s at Shoreline

2960 N Shoreline Blvd

Mountain View, CA 94043

5:30 – 6:30 PM:

• Heavy appetizers and cocktails (no host bar)

• Small Business Marketplace: Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with our meeting sponsors and learn more about the services available to small businesses

6:45 PM: Open meeting

7:00 PM: Panel

8:30 PM: Close

<![CDATA[Evergeen Valley High School Celebrates Student's "Perfect" Score.. For a Second Time ]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:41:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/anton.png

San Jose, CA - - Evergreen Valley High School, part of the East Side Union High School District, celebrates Anton Cao for earning perfect scores on his Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC Exam in May 2016.

Cao was 1 of only 11 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Calculus BC Exam. Looking across approximately 4.7 million AP Exams taken by 2.6 million U.S. public high school students in 2016, close to 400 students earned every point possible on an AP exam, a rare accomplishment.

This was the second time he earned a perfect score on an AP exam! His first perfect score came last year when he was an 11th grader and earned a perfect score on the AP Calculus AB Exam in Spring 2015.

"Anton not only possesses an exceptional aptitude and love for math, but he also demonstrates impressive diligence and persistence, which places him into a rare species of students," said Garry Redillas, Cao's AP Calculus BC math teacher. "His congenial character exhibited through his cheerfulness, friendliness, and good sense of humor has constantly earned him high respect and admiration from his peers. On top of these qualities are humility and an enthusiasm to share his passion for math with others." 

AP Exams are based and reported on a 5-point scale, where a 5 is equivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course. Cao received the top score of 5.

The College Board is committed to ensuring that students have access to the opportunities they have earned. Students who succeed in AP are not only more likely to succeed in college, but have the chance to save a significant amount of time and money by earning college credit or placement.

Nearly all colleges and universities offer credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process for qualifying AP Exam scores. Approximately 3,800 U.S. and international colleges and universities received AP Exam scores last year. To learn more about AP, please visit exploreap.org.

<![CDATA[The 6th Annual SJ 408k Race to the Row]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:06:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/408k-wolfpack-2014.jpg

The 6th annual San Jose 408k Race to the Row returns March 5th. This fun point-to-point course features the famous “Mariachi Mile,” and “Memorial Mile.” The 408k course takes you through some of San Jose’s most charming neighborhoods, including The Alameda business district and the historic Rose Garden, before an exciting Santana Row finish and post-race party. 


8:00am (Wave 1- teal bibs)
8:05am (Wave 2- orange bibs)
8:10am (Wave 3- green bibs)
8:15am (Wave 4- white bibs)

408Kids Race

The 408Kids Race will be held at Santana Row after the completion of the 8k. The little ones will scamper on an out and back, 1/2 mile course through the heart of Santana Row. The event is open to anyone 12 and under. Parents can run, pretend they’re paparazzi, or just bask in the glow of their children having fun doing something healthy.

Start Time: 10:15am (kids get corralled into age groups at 10:00am)

Age Groups: 5 yrs & under, 6-9 yrs, 10-12 yrs.

408Kid’s Race Distance: 1/2 mile (Kids 5 & under will run a shorter distance)

408Kid’s Race Location: The Kids’s Zone in the Post-Race Finish Festival at Santana Row.

408Kid’s Race Meet-Up/Bib Pick Up: The Kid’s Race Meet-Up area can can be found in the Kid’s Zone.

<![CDATA[Cinequest Film Festival Opening Day on Feb 28th]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:46:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021238687_1200x675_883579459794.jpg

Cinequest’s Opening Nights are always a spectacular treat for movie lovers, and you’ll want to join us for an evening of laughs, as director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) presents his captivating new comedy, starring Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment,Mrs. Winterbourne, Postcards from the Edge) and Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables,Big Love, Mamma Mia!).

In business, Harriet Lauler (MacLaine) was always as good as they come; although her luck in friends and family, not so much. Now she wants to reach the world with her story and connects with a talented writer, Anne (Seyfried), to pen the tribute to her life. But Harriet’s a bit controlling, and when the writing doesn’t quite capture the way she sees herself, Harriet begins to recraft the story to fit how she sees herself-and Anne is caught up in a game for which one player isn’t playing by the rules.

MacLaine and Seyfried brilliantly create a dynamic rarely captured in comedy-where each performance is filled with just the right nuance to delicately balance comedy with sincerity. Add to the mix a wonderful supporting cast that includes Anne Heche (Wag the Dog), Philip Baker Hall (Bruce Almighty), Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces), and Tom Everett Scott (La La Land), and the result is pure delight.

Screening will be followed by an energetic Q&A with director Mark Pellington, then tickets and passholders will connect at a spectacular party at The Farmer's Union (151 W. Santa Clara Street) and Olla Cocina (17 San Pedro St.), which includes amazing food, Tito's Handmade Vodka cocktails, Stella Artois, and fine wines from J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines.

Cinequest festival passes can be purchased here.

For a calendar of events, click here.

<![CDATA[Donations Accepted at Silicon Valley Red Cross]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:09:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/48974299.jpg

The American Red Cross continues to respond to a series of powerful storms that, for much of the past two months, have brought large amounts of rain and high winds to Northern California. Impacts from the storm systems have included heavy precipitation, strong winds, and flooding. 

During the storms, the Red Cross workers in the Northern California Coastal Region have worked closely with the entire response community — federal, state, county and local agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations, area businesses, and others — to coordinate relief efforts and deliver help to impacted families so they can access resources to help them with their recovery.


VOLUNTEER — An average of 90 percent of Red Cross workers are local volunteers. To volunteer with future response efforts, please apply online at tinyurl.com/RedCrossNorCal to start the steps to become a trained Red Cross volunteer. Upon completing the process, people will be contacted to determine their availability, skill and where they are needed the most. 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT — Community organizations, including churches and others centers of worship, that wish to coordinate with or offer assistance to the Red Cross as part of this response are asked to contact the local Red Cross Community Partnerships team at 408-577-2021.

DONATIONS — We are incredibly grateful to community members who reach out to the Red Cross and want to help their neighbors with a donation of goods like food or clothing. Unfortunately, processing, sorting, and distributing these donations can divert limited time and resources from our top priority: ensuring that evacuees arriving at our shelters have their most immediate needs met. 

We would like to suggest that the best way to assist the Red Cross is through financial donations so that we can provide immediate disaster relief through the provision of shelter and related services.

Help people affected by California floods by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word CAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Reads February to March]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:46:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021210706_1200x675_881978947748.jpg

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic. Our goals are to encourage the love of reading and learning and to have a welcoming forum where our diverse community can come together to share different perspectives.

The 2017 theme is “….and justice for all”— how bias affects fairness in our justice system. Be sure to go to http://siliconvalleyreads.org/ to see the 2017 Calendar of Events!

<![CDATA[Aloha in the Bay Music Series At Japantown Hotel Kabuki]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:01:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/45695_427108478399_518738399_4792087_6685433_n11-550x366.jpg

Connecting communities and sharing our diverse cultures is what the Nihonmachi Street Fair has been doing for the past 43 years.

The Aloha by the Bay music series is a major fundraiser for the 44th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair. Through these concerts, through the music of Hawaii, we’re able to spread the aloha here in the Bay Area. 

Please join us on March 11th as we welcome four talented musicians – Kalei Gamiao, Jon Yamasato & Justing Young from Hawaii and from Berkeley, Patrick Landeza. All appearing on the same stage for the very first time in San Francisco. 

Also performing is San Jose’s Halau Na Wai Ola, Your MC for the evening is Bruddah Derrick DeMotta. 

Aloha by the Bay is on Saturday, March 11, 2017 starting at 7pm at Hotel Kabuki.

Ticket Info:
$60 – General Seating
$150 – VIP Meet & Greet with Reserved Seating

Photo Credit: David Yu]]>
<![CDATA[6th Annual Films of Remembrance]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:09:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/firsttogo021917.jpg

A one-day film event commemorating the signing of Executive Order 9066, which set the wheels in motion to forcibly relocate some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry into American concentration camps during World War II.

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:30am-8pm

Filmmakers Reception 8-10pm

Where: New People Cinema - 1746 Post St, San Francisco

For more information, click here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy: Myles Matsuno / "First to Go"]]>
<![CDATA[Fragile Freedoms - 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:00:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*199/Tanforan021817.jpg

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium will host "Fragile Freedoms, 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066," commemorating the presidential order during World War II which set into motion the mass exclusion, removal, and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.

When: February 19, 2017, 2-4pm

Where: AMC Kabuki 8 Cinemas - 1881 Post St, San Francisco

Keynote Speaker: Don Tamaki, coram nobis legal attorney

  • Dance performance by Lenora Lee accompanied by Kallan Nishimoto
  • Ticketed event. Suggested $10 donation

Photo Credit: Courtesy: CSU Dominguez Hills]]>
<![CDATA[Children of the Camps - Exhibit Series]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:48:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*197/childrenofcamps021817.jpeg

The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) presents "Children of the Camps," on exhibit now until Fall 2017.

This 40 framed photographic display of National Archives images from photographers Dorothea Lange, Francis Stewart, Tom Parker, Russell Lee, and other photographers, capture the bewilderment and humanity of the children who endured their formative years inside America's concentration camps during World War II.

The exhibit includes images of children of Japanese Peruvian descent who had no choice but to join their fathers summarily arrested and deported from Peru in cooperation with the US government during World War II.

The display also includes the story of the native Aleut children of Alaska who were severely affected by the US government's intervention in removing them off their land and away from the Western Defense war zone.

When: Runs until Fall 2017, 12-5pm


Monday-Friday at the Japantown Gallery, San Francisco

Weekends at the MIS Historic Learning Center, San Francisco

For more information, click here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy: National Japanese American Historical Society]]>
<![CDATA[Quakes 2017 Jersey Reveal Party]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:30:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/278*120/quakes021517.png

The San Jose Earthquakes will host a jersey unveil party at San Pedro Square Market in Downtown San Jose on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6-9 p.m., presented by Sutter Health. The club will celebrate the launching of a new primary kit for the first time since 2014 at the preseason festivity.
Earthquakes Season Ticket Holders will have the first opportunity to purchase the new kit during an exclusive window from 6-6:30 p.m. The event also represents the first day that season ticket holders will get a 20% discount on team merchandise—an increase of 5% over last year’s discount—which will extend through the end of the 2017 season. The jersey will then be made available to general fans afterwards.
Among the attractions at the party will be numerous Quakes first team players and live music by San Francisco indie blues rock band Fritz Montana. Fans can take photos in the photo booth that will be on site, featuring Quakes props. The Earthquakes’ two MLS Cups will also be present for photo opportunities.
Players available for Meet & Greet
  • David Bingham
  • Harold Cummings
  • Shea Salinas
  • Andres Imperiale
  • Nick Lima
  • Tommy Thompson
  • Jackson Yueill
Food & Drink Specials
  • 10% off at Bocca Lupo & Robee's Felafel for fans in Quakes gear
  • $5 select beer & wine specials at Market Bar
  • Earthquakes Taco Special at Loteria Tacobar
When: Thursday, February 16, 6-9pm
Where: San Pedro Square Market, San Jose

RSVP here.

<![CDATA[Celebrate the Year of the Rooster]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:20:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dragon+789.jpg

Come celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rooster with the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, featuring many performances and activities for all to enjoy!

Festivities will feature:

  • Lion Dance
  • Cultural Dances
  • Chinese Instrumental Music
  • Martial Arts Demonstration
  • Children's Hands-on Cultural Activities
  • Chinese American Historical Museum (11am-4pm)
  • Story Telling
  • Join Hoong the Dragon's Parade

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12pm-3pm

History Park San Jose
635 Phelan Avenue
San Jose, Ca 95112

Free admission

Click here for additional details.

<![CDATA[Maitri Gala An Enchanting Mughal Evening Celebrates Another Year of Service]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:38:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/56da1441e8947.image.jpg

Maitri Gala promises to have exotic elements of the grand royal Mughal era including our silent auction "Meena Bazaar", a scintillating dance performance, and a sumptuous banquet. We hope you will be able to join us in celebrating another year of service to the community on February 25, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in Palo Alto. We are excited to feature Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, international performing Kathak artist, and her company, Noorani Dance, premiering Farah’s newest choreography, “Mughal Court”. The performance will showcase the dancers of the Mughal courts – displaying their strength, intellect, elegance, vulnerability, and charm through dynamic movement and technique steeped in the tehzeeb of the time period.


About Maitri

We are a free, confidential, nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area, that primarily helps families from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka among others) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, human trafficking or family conflict. We are non-discriminatory in our services with respect to gender, race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and all classifications protected by applicable state or federal discrimination laws.

<![CDATA[Adult Gardening Workshop at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:13:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/gprc2017.jpg

Did you know that our Mediterranean climate is perfect for year-round gardens? Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and UC Master Gardener Dee Brown for an exciting six-week series about sustainable vegetable gardening! Learn how to grow a successful, environmentally responsible food garden that produces delicious vegetables and herbs every month of the year. Topics include: soil preparation, amendments, and fertilizers; irrigation methods and systems; working with both seeds and seedlings; sustainable drought strategies; requirements of specific warm and cool season crops and varieties that do well in our area; and how to identify and manage common pests, weeds, and diseases of vegetable crops in Santa Clara County.


Class 1 (February 22nd): Soil — The importance of healthy soil & how to maintain it

Class 2 (March 1st): Watering & Weeds — How to water plants & control weeds

Class 3 (March 8th): Seeds — How to grow plants from seed

Class 4 (March 15th): Cool Weather Veggies — Veggies suitable for fall, winter, early spring

Class 5 (March 22nd): Warm Weather Veggies — Veggies suitable for late spring, summer, early fall

Class 6 (March 29th): Garden Planning — How to plan your own garden


This program takes place at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. For more information such as registration, visit www.grpg.org or call 408-298-7657.

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening Series

Wednesdays from February 22 to March 29

6:30pm to 8:30pm

$60/members, $70/non-members


Refund Policy:

A credit towards another workshop will be available for cancellations within one week of the workshop. No refunds will be given; please take this into account before signing up. In the event a workshop is cancelled by GRPC, a full refund will be provided to all registered participants.

<![CDATA[San Jose Tet Festival]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:36:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0Q5A8397+%281%29.jpg

Tet (Vietnamese New Year) is the largest and most celebrated holiday in Vietnamese Culture. Join the Bay Area Vietnamese community at the San Jose Tet Festival, February 11th and 12th for a celebration of tradition and heritage, with fun activities and entertainment for the entire family!

Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and demonstrations of traditions passed down through generations. Enjoy food competitions, carnival games, food vendors and more during this extraordinary two-day event.

There will be:

  • Food competitions - Pho challenge and Banh Mi
  • Karaoke competition
  • Prizes - including scooters and electric cars
  • Cosplay exhibition
  • Cultural Village
  • Miss Teen Tet Festival Pageant
When: February 11 & 12
Where: Yerba Buena High School
Cost: $10
FREE admission for veterans, toddlers (0-3), or anyone dressed in Ao Dai / Vietnamese traditional clothing

<![CDATA[Pinays in the Arts 2017]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:17:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Copy+of+DSC04286.JPG

In honor of Women's History Month, San Francisco State University's Kappa Psi Epsilon will host its annual 'Pinays in the Arts Showcase', entailing various artistic performances.

This year's theme is "I am Strong, I am Beautiful, I am PINAY." Proceeds will be donated to the Westlake School for the Performing Arts in celebration of the arts and the creativity that we unconditionally support in the community.

When: March 3, 2017, 6pm

Where: Jack Adams Hall, San Francisco State University

Cost: $10

<![CDATA[Fairmont San Jose 10th Annual Pajama Drive ]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:32:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/5793392173599314568.jpg

Fairmont San Jose, in partnership with the Bay Area Chapter of the Pajama Program, is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Open Your Heart Pajama Drive on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Donations of new pajamas, books and monetary contributions will be welcomed in the Club Regent room and at the hotel’s auto court from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm on February 24. Community members, guests and Fairmont San Jose colleagues are invited to donate as well as help sort and ship the donations that same day. A complimentary continental breakfast and heart-shaped sugar cookies will be served for volunteers and donors. Pajamas needed range in size from newborn babies to teenagers. 

“Fairmont San Jose is proud to continue this important community event and celebrate our decade-long partnership with the Pajama Program of Silicon Valley,” notes Michael Musarra, General Manager. “For the past ten years it has been our pleasure to host this pajama drive which has brought thousands of sleepwear and books to children in need throughout the Santa Clara County community. In celebration of the hotel’s 30th anniversary this year, we’ve pledged a donation of 30 pajamas.” 

During last year’s pajama drive, volunteers sorted and shipped over 1,200 pairs of pajamas, 180 books and raised over $4,000 to support local group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities throughout Santa Clara County including Unity Care, YWCA of Silicon Valley, Family Supportive Housing, Rebekah Children’s Services and more. 

To volunteer for the 10th Annual Open Your Heart Pajama Drive please contact Pallie Zambrano at . 


About The Pajama Program

The Pajama Program is a national non-profit organization providing comfort and love in the way of new pajamas to children-in-need and children waiting for a permanent home. They are youngsters who do not know the comforts of a mother or father to tuck them into a cozy bed and read them a bed time story. Many have been abandoned or abused, most deprived of any love at all. “By providing pajamas we help to create a warm and nurturing bedtime environment for vulnerable children living under difficult circumstances” says Pallie Zambrano, attorney-at-law and co-president of the Bay Area chapter. For more information, please contact Pallie@pajamaprogram.org or visit www.pajamaprogram.org #10thannualpjdrive


About Fairmont San Jose

Fairmont San Jose located in the heart of Silicon Valley, combines high-tech excitement with the elegance of Fairmont style. The hotel offers 805 deluxe guest rooms, including 77 luxurious suites, and 65,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, presented with the perfect balance of contemporary and traditional designs. The 20th floor is devoted to a collection of grand penthouse suites, with its own private boardroom and spectacular city views. The 4th floor (Cabana Level) features lavish style rooms framing a 58’ swimming pool, sun deck, men’s and women’s saunas, steam rooms, health club and spa. Become a fan of Fairmont San Jose. For more information or reservations, please visit http://www.fairmont.com/san-jose or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and FairmontMoments.


For further information contact:
Natalie Petroni
Fairmont San Jose
(408) 998.3998

<![CDATA[Chinese Historical Society of America Museum Welcomes Year of the Rooster]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:29:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/325*120/yearoftherooster-slider-1140x421.jpg

Join the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum before the Chinese New Year Parade for a full day of programs to welcome the Year of the Rooster! Museum admission is FREE this day, so be sure to bring your friends and family to enjoy our landmark exhibit on the Chinese immigration story to the United States- Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion as well as the many programs we have planned around the Year of the Rooster festivities!

Saturday, February 11th Program Schedule:

•10:00am: Museum doors open

•11:00am: Lion dance to welcome visitors in Joice Alley

•11:30am: “Festive and Fortuitous Food of the Chinese New Year” Presentation on the Year of the Rooster and book signing with Rosemary Gong in the Learning Center *limited seating

•12:30pm – end of the day at 4:00pm: Arts & Crafts for the Family in the Learning Center. Create and take home some fun Chinese New Year themed crafts

•1:30pm: Storytelling with Frank Wong in the Yick Gallery *limited seating

•4:00pm: Museum doors close

•5:15pm – 8:00pm: Chinese New Year Parade from Market & Second Street to Kearny & Jackson

<![CDATA[Kearny Street Workshop Presents Michelle Lin, Kazumi Chin, and Diana Li]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:45:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Michelle020617.jpg

Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay Area's Hub for Asian Pacific American Community Arts, presents Michelle Lin, Kazumi Chin, and Diana Li.

The event will celebrate the book releases of Michelle Lin's House Made of Water, as well as the works of Kazumi Chin and Diana Li.

Michelle Lin's A House Made of Water, is a lyrical examination of Asian American identity, gender and daughterhood, the inheritance of stories, and survival from trauma.

When: March 17, 8-10pm

Where: Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco

For more info on Michelle Lin, click here.

<![CDATA[Jason Bayani: Murmuration-Locus of Control]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:18:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Bayani020617.jpg

Internationally touring author and spoken word artist, Jason Bayani, explores the narrative of the fourth-wave Filipino Immigrant through poetry, storytelling, and performance.

Drawing upon nearly twenty years of work, Bayani pieces together the story of the latest and most robust wave of migrants to come from the Philippines and contemplates what this identity has become in America and what it will become in the future.

With the series Murmuration, Z Space is bringing together a chorus of diverse voices in a series of solo performances. Featuring six artists over the course of five weeks, these individual voices come together to reflect a common solidarity, telling their stories in spectacular, singular ways.

When: February 16, 18, 19 & March 3, 8

Where: Z Below: 470 Florida St, San Francisco

For tickets and more info, click here.

<![CDATA[SF Chronicle Public Wine Competition At Fort Mason]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:47:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/WineCompIMG_3795.jpg

With more than 7,100 entries, this event is the largest competition of American wines in the world. Enjoy a grand tasting with award-winning pairings like you’ve never experienced before amongst fellow wine lovers! The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting takes place at the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center from 1:30-5pm (4:30pm last pour) on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Top professional judges have the challenging task of selecting the finest wines from a crowded field of varietals in many categories.


Taste wonderful vintages while learning about wine and the fine foods in celebration of the beautiful San Francisco Bay. Raise a class to cheers the vintners and congratulate the winners in person!


WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 2017

TIME: 1:30-5:00pm (4:30 last call for wine serving)

WHERE: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, SF

PRICE: $70 – Advanced Tickets

$95 – At the Door

To purchase tickets, click here.

<![CDATA[Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Wildlife Care Center Facility Open House]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:31:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/274*120/Lantos3133_small.jpg

BURLINGAME, CALIF. – (January 23, 2017) – On Saturday, February 4 from 12-4 p.m., Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) invites the public to tour its Wildlife Care Center, a state-of-the-art facility inside and on the rooftop of its Center for Compassion at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

Open house guests will learn about the wild animals PHS/SPCA cares for and the reasons they end up needing human intervention. They’ll see how the rooftop enclosures resemble natural settings and discover how to coexist with urban wildlife and prevent common injuries to them.

The free event will include crafts, a raffle, and fun, educational activities. Kids and kids at heart can dissect owl pellets and clean glue and oil from feathers, among other activities. Donations of mealworms, raw unsalted peanuts, dove seed, unsalted creamy peanut butter and spray millet are always welcome.

Wildlife rehabilitation work is almost always off-limits to the public; human contact with wild animals must be carefully limited to ensure the best survival and release rate. PHS/SPCA is able to hold this event in February because of the usual seasonal decline in incoming animals.

Many of the 4,000 sick, injured and orphaned wildlife patients arrive spring through late summer and include seabirds, hawks, owls, ducklings and mammals. Care is made possible by donations and dozens of volunteers assisting highly-trained staff. At peak times, staff and volunteers attend to more than 350 wild animals. 

For close to 40 years, PHS/SPCA has remained one of just a handful of humane societies in the entire country to provide significant care and rehabilitation services for wildlife.

For more information, contact Lead Wildlife Technician Ashley Damm at 650-340-7022 ext. 456 or adamm@phs-spca.org. 

About Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is a private, open-door, not-for-profit animal welfare organization. Primary programs include animal adoptions; animal rescue and sheltering, including specialty care for domestic animals with medical and/or behavioral challenges; wildlife rehabilitation; animal cruelty investigation; community outreach and education; low-cost spay/neuter; and obedience classes. This vital work is made possible by volunteers and donations. PHS/SPCA receives no funding from national animal welfare organizations. Visit www.phs-spca.org to learn about all PHS/SPCA’s programs and services, ways to help the animals and special events.

<![CDATA[Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Outreach Foundation's Annual sciencepalooza! Fair]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:00:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Balloon+Drop+2016.jpg

Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Outreach Foundation are encouraging over 600 East Side Union High School District students to enter sciencepalooza! Teachers and first-time fair participants have been working hard to prepare their projects for this exclusive science fair on February 4, 2017 located at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Join Scott McGrew at the awards ceremony starting at 11am. 

The Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Outreach Foundation enables and celebrates students and teachers engaged in project-based learning at schools across California, and parts of Oregon and encourages participation in science fairs.

Founded in July 1999, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation offers materials and equipment to schools, and offers incentives for teachers and students developing science projects.

The Foundation annually enables an estimated 150,000 students and teachers engaged in project-based learning at public schools and private non-profit schools with 501(c)(3) status in California, and select schools affiliated with regional offices of Synopsys, Inc. in Hillsboro, Oregon.


Event Details

Location: 344 Tully Road, San Jose

Date: February 4, 2017

<![CDATA[Fortifying Bridges January 30-Febrauary 3]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:21:23 -0700

At Carlmont High School in the Student Union a special event, Fortifying Bridges to bring together the community will take place. This event is open to the public. Many guest speakers will take part in this event including,

  1. Jewish Club: Rabbi Dennis J. Eisner, Senior Rabbi at Peninsula Temple Beth El. He has served on the Israel & Global Committee of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and has a strong background in education and spiritual guidance.
  2. Feminist Club: Dr. Vera Jacobson-Lundeberg, Ed. D. is currently the Career Technical Education (CTE) coordinator for the San Mateo County Office of Education. She was formerly the Business Technology Institute head at Carlmont, mainly teaching low-income and at-risk students as well as World Studies, Modern European History, and AS World Studies. She also holds a background in theatre and taught drama at Carlmont. She was the Feminist Club advisor for 3 years and she's an active feminist.

Time and place:
February 3rd, at Carlmont High School located in the Student Union.

Event details:
Begins at 3:30pm and has small five to ten minute seminars on the different speakers and clubs wrapping up around 6:30pm.

<![CDATA[Mister Jiu's Chinese New Year Benefit Dinner]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:34:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/kitchen+new+year+12+13.jpg

Join us as we celebrate the start of Chinese New Year in grand fashion. We've put together an eight course menu inspired by the holiday with the help of some of our friends from around San Francisco.

With dishes from:
Brandon Jew, Mister Jiu's
Rupert & Carrie Blease, Lord Stanley
Nick Balla & Cortney Burns, Motze
Brett Cooper, Aster
Sarah & Evan Rich, Rich Table
Belinda Leong, B. Patisserie
Melissa Chou, Mister Jiu's
All proceeds from dinner will benefit the Chinese Historical Society of America, located just blocks away from the restaurant.
Where and When:
Monday, January 30th, 28 Waverly Place,
San Francisco, CA 94108
Time of Event:
Cost of event:
For more information of to purchase your tickets please click here.

Photo Credit: Wilton Wong]]>
<![CDATA[MatchingDonors Restores Hope for Patients Waiting for Kidney Transplants]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:22:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000020817985_1200x675_861918275820.jpg

Imagine if you needed a kidney but didn't know if you'd get one on time, many patients get their transplant through MatchingDonors.com within six months or less of signing up on this website. Twenty two people die every day in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, most waiting 7 to 9 years. The team at MatchingDonors.com is working hard to make sure that doesn't happen by finding altruistic living organ donors for people needing kidney transplants.

MatchingDonors has become the most successful nonprofit organization that is finding living altruistic organ donors for patients needing transplants. The MatchingDonors.com website can get over 1.5 million hits in a month.

You can always call us to give you references of past and present patients that you can talk to about their great success with MatchingDonors.com.

<![CDATA[Cameron House Excellence and Leadership Awards at Community Soul & Elegance ]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:15:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/cameron+house+1234.jpg

The Community Soul & Elegance will take place on February 18th, 2017 in the South San Francisco Conference Center located at 255 South Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco, California. Doors will be open at 5:30pm for the silent auction followed by a 7pm dinner and at 9pm some fun for all as music and dancing will kick off the night.

Founded in 1874, Cameron house has a long standing tradition in Chinatown communities. The goal of Cameron house is to empower generations of Chinese Americans to have healthy and successful lives by giving them tools and avenues to achieve such goals.

Event Details

Location: 255 South Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco, California.


5:30- silent auction doors open
7pm Dinner and information on program
9pm Dancing and Music

Price: $175 per person.

More information: Contact Mary Wong Leong (415)781-0401 or mary@cameronhouse.org

If you wish to purchase tickets click here.

<![CDATA[Heroes & Hearts At AT&T Park This February]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:39:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000020714459_1200x675_856704579995.jpg

Heroes & Hearts 2017, a seated luncheon fundraiser displaying a brand new collection of Hearts in San Francisco and honoring local heroes whose actions improve our community. On February 16, 2017 at AT&T Park, join the fundraiser that celebrates the essential role Zuckerberg San Francisco General plays in our City and their community impact. 

For the first six years, Heroes & Hearts took place under a tent at Union Square. As the popularity of the luncheon continued to grow, the fundraiser moved to a tent on the field at AT&T Park. Taking place each February, Heroes & Hearts sells out with 1,000 guests. The fundraiser is the Foundation’s largest source of unrestricted revenue. Proceeds from the luncheon are used to fund the Hearts Grants Program. These grants are awarded to innovative programs and initiatives at Zuckerberg San Francisco General that will result in improved patient care and have the potential to develop sustainable funding.

Date: February 16, 2017
Location: AT&T Park 

For more information, click here.

<![CDATA[Infinite Facets- An Exploration of the Self]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:30:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/VishwaShanthi-1+012417.jpg

"Reflecting on every diverse facet, I dance joyously sharing the realization, the Self is the same in you and me". The Infinite Facets event has been known to capture audiences far and wide with its illuminating dances and symbolic messages told through their performance. It is truly a can't miss show, that will be taking place on February 12, 2017. Showtimes starting at 12 noon and 4pm. It will be located at Menlo Artherton Center For The Performance Arts, 555 Middlefield RD, Atherton. Ca 94027.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about the event click here

<![CDATA[All-Star Chef Ryan Scott Live Demo and Book Signing Jan. 21st]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:06:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Chef+Ryan+Scott+BlueStar+Home+Kitchen+Suite-low+res.jpg

Join All-Star Chef Ryan Scott as he demonstrates recipes from his new cookbook One to Five on a BlueStar range at Airport Appliance. After the demo Chef Scott will be signing copies of his new book from 2pm - 3pm.

RSVP today to reserve your spot in this special event.




When: Saturday January 21st

Where: Airport Home Appliance and Mattress in San Jose! 966 South Bascom Ave

Who: Chef Ryan Scott will be cooking recipes from his new cookbook One to Five with special Sous Chef Kris from Airport Home Appliance!

Why: Learn how to make healthy recipes and meet a local celebrity chef!

<![CDATA[Enter APA 22nd Growing Up in America Essay and Art Contest with 10,000 in Prizes]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:22:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*123/Brianozqaomfjdhfd.jpg

The Asian Pacific Fund presents the 22nd Growing up Asian in America student essay, art, and video Contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes! This year’s contest theme is “Letter to the Senator” and the deadline to enter is Friday, March 3, 2017. In the 2016 election there were victories for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API)   community. Especially exciting is the historic election of Kamala Harris as California’s new senator and the first Indian-American and second African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate. On what issues do you want her to work for the Bay Area API community, and how? What changes would you want to see happen? What advice do you have for helping your community, our country, and the world?

There will be 3 essay and 3 art winners from each grade category claiming the $500 in cash or prizes. In addition, up to 3 video winners will win IPad minis
and have their video featured online! 

Need ideas for your entry?

  • What issues are important to you and your family? Why?
  • What problems in the Bay Area or in California do you think she should address immediately? What are the solutions?
  • What would you share with the senator if you had the chance to meet her?
  • How can the senator help unify our country through differences in political parties, religion, cultures and ideologies?
Learn more by visiting http://asianpacificfund.org/.

<![CDATA[Legendary White Elephant Sale Returns March 4 &5 With Preview on Jan. 29]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:12:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/5Q9A0300_WEB_MAD_DASH-1.jpg

The 58th annual White Elephant Sale, the biggest and best rummage sale in Northern California, returns to Oakland March 4 and 5, 2017. Shoppers will have early access to items during the Preview Sale, which takes place on Sunday, January 29 from 10 am to 4 pm. Proceeds from the Sale, which is organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, benefit the Oakland Museum of California. For the past two years, the Sale raised over $2 Million each year to support the Museum.

Named one of San Francisco’s Top 100 Events by BizBash, the celebrated rummage sale spans 96,000-square-feet and includes 19 departments, offering a range of quality used goods, including furniture, artwork, household items, china, sporting goods, fine jewelry, Asian collectibles, tools, music, books, vintage and contemporary clothing. Located in a warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street near the Oakland Estuary, the event is made possible by donations from the public and with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers.

In its 58th year, the 2017 White Elephant Sale will continue to offer an array of second-hand treasures, creating one of the most memorable shopping experiences in the West. Sale hours are from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. Admission is free.

Those looking for early access to the White Elephant Sale’s wealth of goods can attend the Preview Sale on Sunday, January 29 from 10 am to 4 pm. Preview Sale tickets are $15 in advance at the OMCA Store, $16 online through the WES website, and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance starting December 1, 2016. More information on how to purchase tickets can be found at WhiteElephantSale.org. Children under 12 are admitted free to the Preview Sale but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Shoppers are advised to arrive early and wear comfortable shoes. A complimentary shuttle service from the Fruitvale BART to the WES warehouse will be provided for the January 29 Preview Sale and on the March 4 and 5 White Elephant Sale days.

For more information, click here.

<![CDATA[Land A Job At the 17th Annual Diversity Employment Career Fair]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:29:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/166*120/jdhfjkhjkdsfh4785784.jpg

Welcoming career seekers in the Bay Area to the 17th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair at the County of Alameda Training and Education Center. We invite you to interview with the Bay Area’s top employers looking to fill hundreds of positions. Employment opportunities include: finance, sales, management, healthcare, engineering, and more! Join us on January 26, 2017 at 11AM to find the job you’ve been waiting for!

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Location: County of Alameda Training & Education Center
Address: 125 12th Street, Oakland CA 94607

<![CDATA[Lupus Foundations 4th Annual Purple Ribbon Awards]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:31:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000020614743_1200x675_851873347777.jpg

On January 28, 2017 the Lupus Foundation is hosting and featuring the great event, The 4th Annual Purple Ribbon Awards which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the lupus community. NBC'S very own Rob Mayeda will be the emcee for this event These individuals personify LFNC’s vision of bridging the gap between life with lupus today and life without lupus tomorrow. The event is taking place in San Jose, at the Marriott downtown located on 301 Market Street. Join us for an evening of celebration from 6pm to 9pm and help us honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the lupus community.

Along with these amazing people and life stories a live band will be in attendance as well as some important figures in the lupus community including the face of lupus Jane Tiphayachan, Sen. Moorlach who was helpful to the legislation passing for lupus awareness, Rose Flores for being an outstanding community service member, Christy Sandburg, researcher and lead pediatrician at Stanford University.

Event details:

Saturday January 28th

Where: San Jose, Downtown 301 market street Marriot.

Attire: cocktail

Event time: 6pm to 9pm.

To purchase tickets click here.

<![CDATA[Homeless Pets Gift Wrapped and Delivered for Christmas]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:15:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/BerkeleyHomeforHolidays122016.jpg

There is no greater gift than one that brings many years of love and joy into someone's life. This year Berkeley Humane will help bring this gift to surprised families by delivering dogs and cats on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning as part of their Home for the Holidays adoption promotion.

"We hope to place as many animals into loving homes before the end of the year," said Jeffrey Zerwekh, Berkeley Humane's Executive Director. "Holiday delivery will create a moment a family will remember for the rest of their lives and at the same time help save another dog, cat, puppy or kitten."

The volunteer elves at Berkeley Humane will make the process easy. Adopters can call into the shelter to schedule personal adoption appointments to meet the animals. Once the pet is chosen, an adoption fee is paid in order to hold the pet until delivery on either Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. You can make the holiday dreams of homeless dogs and cats come true by bringing them into your warm and caring home, and creating a Christmas your family will never forget.

When: December 24-25, 2017

How: Call to make an individual adoption appointment during the week. Adoption Center opens to the public on Friday, 12/23, and Saturday, 12/24, from 11am-5pm. Closed Christmas day.

Learn more at Berkeley Humane.

<![CDATA[Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley 2017]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:09:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Watermark121916.jpg

The Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley will be held February 1, 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Watermark's Conference for Women offers the community and connection, the information and inspiration, the motivation and momentum to help you discover what you want - and go get it!

Deemed the largest conference on the West Coast, Watermark's Conference for Women will feature more than 100 speakers including former secretaries of state Madeleine K. Albright and Condoleezza Rice, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, as well as actor Viola Davis. NBC's very own Laura Garcia Cannon and Jessica Aguire will the event's special guest speakers!

You'll learn how to:

  • Deal with change
  • Reinvent your career
  • Manage your money
  • Help your community
  • Market yourself
  • And much more!
When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Where: San Jose Convention Center
Registration is required. Click here for details.

Photo Credit: Getty Images / Watermark Conference for Women]]>
<![CDATA[AACSA Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr Luncheon 2017]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:08:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kari-Hall-114rerwerewrew16.jpg

The African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) and Joyner Payne Youth Service Agency presents the 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon on Monday, January 16, 2017. This special event will take place at Holiday Inn San Jose at 10:00 am for Vendor Display and 12:00 noon for the Luncheon.

The luncheon’s Keynote Speaker will be Rev. Dereca Blackmon, a consultant, facilitator, and spiritual activist with over 25 years of experience supporting communities in radical healing and strategic development. Mistress of Ceremonies is Mrs. Kari Hall, NBC Bay Area meteorologist for the morning newscast Today in the Bay. Ms. Queen Ann Cannon is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awardee. 

To purchase general tickets or to make a donation, please visit http://www.sjaacsa.org/mlkluncheon/.

<![CDATA[Shen Yun Returns to the Bay Area December 31 - January 15, 2017]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:19:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shen+yun+12+13.jpg

For 5,000 years, divine culture flourished in the land of China. Through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.

Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Shen Yun was established in New York in 2006 by elite Chinese artists. They came together with a shared vision and passion - to revive the lost world of traditional Chinese culture and share it with everyone.

The name Shen Yun means the beauty of diving beings dancing, and that is what the audience experiences. Shen Yun now has five equally large companies that tour the world simultaneously, bringing an all-new performance of dance, costumes, animated backdrops, singing, and music to over 150 theaters every year.

December 31-January 8, 2017

  • San Francisco War Memorial Opera House

January 13-15, 2017

  • San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

For more tickets and more information, please click here.

<![CDATA[Jingle All The Way to Fairmont San Jose]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:07:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/256*120/e02f4395-85ab-4dfsddsfdsff3a2-a18c-c46f3ef02d64.jpg

Fairmont San Jose is thrilled to again welcome guests and locals of all ages this holiday season. On November 20, 2016, magical lobby decorations will be unveiled and will include festive trees, twinkling lights, ornate chocolate sculptures and a Fairmont Tree of Hope. Holiday patrons are sure to delight in two spectacular dining options that will showcase sumptuous menus on Christmas Day. A complete list of Fairmont San Jose’s holiday activities, menus and packages can be found at http://www.fairmont.com/san-jose/promotions/holidays/

CHRISTMAS: Sunday, December 25 

Fairmont Holiday Brunch, Imperial Ballroom

Enchant loved ones at the grand Fairmont Holiday Buffet. On Christmas Day, this lavish spread will feature items including rib-eye roast, traditional Cantonese dim sum, chef-prepared omelets, eggnog French toast, braised beef short rib eggs benedict, house-cured Loch Duart Salmon and much more! Live piano music will set a merry tone and joyful activities will be provided for children.

Reservations available 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$88 per person; includes wine service ($76 without wine)

$37 for children under 12; complimentary for children 5 and under

All pricing excludes applicable taxes & gratuity


Fountain Holiday Buffet, Fountain Restaurant

A jolly feast awaits guests of Fountain Restaurant. This year's Christmas buffet menu is fit for Santa, as well as his team of elves, and includes favorites like roast turkey with giblet gravy, chestnut stuffing, honey baked ham with cranberry glaze and porcini risotto.

Reservations available 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

$59 per person; $29 for children under 12; complimentary for children 5 and under
All pricing excludes applicable taxes & gratuity

Holiday Meals To Go 
Enjoy a delectable holiday feast from the comfort of your home without the cooking. Each Holiday Meal To Go features either:
•  Whole roast turkey with giblet gravy and cranberry-orange relish for $195.00 (serves 6-8 people) plus applicable tax and gratuity
•  Rib-eye roast with thyme-garlic jus and horseradish cream for $215 (serves 6-8 people), $300 (serves 10-12 people) plus applicable tax and gratuity

Sides include a winter kale salad with lemon-parmesan vinaigrette, whipped potatoes, candied yams, fall harvest vegetables, dinner rolls and your choice of an apple, pecan or pumpkin pie.

Pick up times from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, every half hour on Christmas Day at the hotel’s Front Drive. To reserve, please phone the holiday events line at 408-998-3960.

Trees Of Hope 
Trees of Hope is an annual holiday tradition at Fairmont San Jose. This year a musically decorated conifer will be showcased in the lobby and donations to the Do It For The Love Foundation will be graciously accepted at the front desk. The foundation is a nonprofit wish-granting organization founded by musician Michael Franti and his wife, E.R. nurse Sara Agah Franti that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded veterans to live concerts. Guests can book the Trees of Hope Package, available until January 31, 2017, and receive 15% off the daily rate while making a $10 donation per night to the Do It For The Love Foundation. With this package, Fairmont Presidents Club Members exclusively receive 500 United MileagePlus® bonus award miles per night. For reservations please phone 1-866-540-4493 or visit http://www.fairmont.com/san-jose/special-offers/hotel-offers/celebration/trees-of-hope/

Winter Holiday Package
Fairmont San Jose has designed a winter experience package that captures the holiday season in California’s bustling tech hub. Package rates start from $169 through January 3, 2017, (based on availability) and include:

•  Complimentary valet parking
•  Breakfast for two in Fountain Restaurant (excluding weekend brunch, Christmas brunch and New Year’s Day brunch.)

For reservations please phone 1-866-540-4493 or visit http://www.fairmont.com/san-jose/special-offers/hotel-offers/promotions/winter-holiday-package/

For further information contact:

Natalie Petroni
Fairmont San Jose
(408) 998.3998

<![CDATA[The 29th Annual Manufacturers RV Show]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:02:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/RVNBC120816.jpg

The Manufacturers RV Show is the largest indoor RV show on the West Coast, bringing together many dealers from all over the west to display their very latest models, accessories and services.

See 100s of RV manufacturers' lines, new and used RVs and speak with many different dealers and representatives all at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Multiple dealers mean more products, more selection and competitive pricing.

You'll see great deals on new and used motor homes, travel-trailers, 5th wheels and truck campers.

When: January 7-16, 2017

Hours: Weekdays 11am-7pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday & MLK Jr. Monday: 10am-6pm

Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds - 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton

Cost: Adults $15; Seniors (65+) $12; Kids 16 & under FREE

Click here for more information.

<![CDATA[RepairPal to Host its First Free Community Event and Food Drive: 'Cars and Cans']]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:40:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/repair120716.jpg

On December 10, 2016, RepairPal will host its first free community event and food drive, 'Cars and Cans', at GIC Car Clinic, San Jose.

Attendees will have the opportunity to understand the basics of car ownership like checking tire pressure, oil levels and changing a tire, along with enjoying food, freebies, music and more holiday fun!

Community members are encouraged to bring canned/non-perishable food and/or an unwrapped toy benefiting Sacred Heart Community Service and Toys-for-Tots.

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11am-1pm

Where: GIC Car Clinic, 375 Bird Ave., San Jose

<![CDATA[Park Service to Discuss WWII Japanese American Incarceration Site At Meeting]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:13:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/3_Tule+Lake+Pilgrimage.JPG

The National Park Service will host public meetings Dec. 8 in San Francisco and San Jose to discuss the future of the Tule Lake Unit.

The Tule Lake Unit is one of America’s newest national parks. It preserves the site of the Tule Lake Segregation Center and tells the history of the forced removal, incarceration, and segregation of Japanese Americans during World War II. Designated in 2008 by President George W. Bush, the Tule Lake Unit is a significant reminder of the importance of civil and human rights during times of crisis.

The National Park Service has recently released the Tule Lake Unit General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for public review and comment. The plan provides long-term guidance for how the National Park Service will develop and manage the unit, and how the stories of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II will be told at Tule Lake. The planning process began in 2013 with 600 people providing public comments.

“The NPS is thrilled to be presenting the plan to the public, and especially to those who experienced the World War II incarceration at Tule Lake or were impacted in the Klamath Basin community," said Lawrence Whalon, superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument, who also oversees the Tule Lake Unit. "This moment changes the narrative for Tule Lake. It pivots us to the future of what the site will look like and the lessons visitors will learn about Tule Lake’s unique and long-contested history. We’re eager to hear what the public thinks about the National Park Service’s plan for the Tule Lake Unit, and we hope people will attend the meetings and engage in the discussion about Tule Lake’s future."

These meetings are part of a series being held by the National Park Service about the Tule Lake Unit in California, Oregon, Washington, New York and online. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center of Northern California
1840 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115

Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Japanese American Museum
535 N Fifth St
San Jose, CA 95112