<![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-usSun, 23 Apr 2017 12:55:23 -0700Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:55:23 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Summit League Presents "A Day in the Garden with Friends," to Benefit Cancer CAREpoint]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:59:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/CCP+Photo.JPG

 

One of Santa Clara Valley’s oldest and most prestigious women’s philanthropic organizations, Summit League, is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017 with a renewed effort to help the community through its fundraising efforts.
In recognition of this special milestone year, Summit League will present “A Day in the Garden with Friends,” a June 2 luncheon, in the beautiful garden of a private home in Los Gatos.  Summit League has chosen this event to benefit Cancer CAREpoint, a local nonprofit that provides cancer patients and their families with support services at no charge.  Additional information about the luncheon and Summit League can be found at Summit-League.org.  Tickets are $150 each and will go on sale April 1, 2017.
The event will feature guest speaker Terry Curtin, Director of Global Marketing for DreamWorks Animation, whose talk will reflect the theme “Dream, Dare, Do”, which will highlight her personal and professional journey. Ms. Curtin is a veteran film marketing executive who has held prominent posts at Universal, Disney, Relativity Media, Twentieth Century Fox, MGM and Revolution Studios. She serves on the Board of the John Wayne Cancer Society Auxiliary.  
Laura Garcia Cannon of NBC Bay Area will be the event Emcee. Laura anchors weekday mornings, Today in the Bay. She is a multiple Emmy Award winning journalist and honored with the Associated Press Reporter of the year award, as well as Best Daytime Newscast Award in the Bay Area by the Bay Area Women in Radio and Television.  She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist and serves on the boards of St. Mary’s, the American Cancer Society, and the Catholic Professional Business Club.
Established in 1957, Summit League is a non-profit organization consisting of 50 Active Members and over 60 Sustaining Members who are committed to raising funds in the areas of education, health, welfare and the arts enhancing the lives of our Silicon Valley community. “Summit League is pleased to continue our 60 year fundraising legacy by presenting “A Day in the Garden with Friends” on June 2nd, said Tricia Niederauer, President of Summit League. “Our efforts will help support Cancer CAREpoint in their valuable programs and services to those affected by cancer and their families.”
“Cancer CAREpoint is honored to be the beneficiary of Summit League’s biennial event,” said Rob Tufel, Executive Director of Cancer CAREpoint.  “We are proud of the services we offer to this community and are appreciative of the support we receive from groups like Summit League.  Their generosity is why we are able to help so many people.”   
Cancer CAREpoint was founded by a group of local community and health care leaders who recognized that local cancer patients and their families needed access to psychosocial support services in additional to excellent medical treatment.  Every month it offers dozens of counseling, assistance, resource and education programs open to all cancer patients, no matter type of cancer, where they are being treated or insurance status.  Cancer CAREpoint serves more than 1,500 clients each year.

 

One of Santa Clara Valley’s oldest and most prestigious women’s philanthropic organizations, Summit League, is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017 with a renewed effort to help the community through its fundraising efforts.

In recognition of this special milestone year, Summit League will present “A Day in the Garden with Friends,” a June 2 luncheon, in the beautiful garden of a private home in Los Gatos.  Summit League has chosen this event to benefit Cancer CAREpoint, a local nonprofit that provides cancer patients and their families with support services at no charge.

The event will feature guest speaker Terry Curtin, Director of Global Marketing for DreamWorks Animation, whose talk will reflect the theme “Dream, Dare, Do”, which will highlight her personal and professional journey. Ms. Curtin is a veteran film marketing executive who has held prominent posts at Universal, Disney, Relativity Media, Twentieth Century Fox, MGM and Revolution Studios. She serves on the Board of the John Wayne Cancer Society Auxiliary.  

Laura Garcia Cannon of NBC Bay Area will be the event Emcee.

WHEN: June 2, 2017

WHERE: Los Gatos (private home)

For tickets and more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[Junior league San Jose, 48th Annual Volunteer Recognition. ]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:43:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/279*120/junior+league.jpg

At the luncheon, all VRL nominees will be presented with a special certificate for their worthy volunteer contributions. Kaiser Permanente will also present their Thriving Volunteer Award to a local nonprofit agency for its volunteer operations. Special recognition will then be given to the Crystal Bowl Winners — outstanding community volunteers who exemplify their contributions in the areas of leadership, youth services, health services, senior services, educational support and professional services, and advocacy, crisis intervention, cultural services and youth volunteers.

The 2017 Crystal Bowl Winners are:

  • Raquel Christina Boales, Synchronized Swimming with Athletes with Disabilities
  • Raquel Burciaga, School of Arts & Culture
  • Robert & Linda Gray, Joseph Weller School
  • Larry R. Murchison, California Trolley & Railroad Corporation (CTRC)
  • Eric Drew, Eric Drew Foundation
  • Shelley Seders, DreamPower Horsemanship
  • Barbara Otto, The Grateful Garment Project
  • Megan Auyeung, Sacred Heart Community Service
  • Vasudha Ramanarasiah, Morehead Education Foundation

When:
Friday, April 28

Where:
Santa Clara Convention Center.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:30:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Cortez042017.jpg

NBC Bay Area, in partnership with Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), salutes our Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honorees:

Angelica Cortez

Angelica Cortez

Angelica Cortez is the Founder of the volunteer-led LEAD Filipino program. She is a rising Filipina community leader that has mobilized the Filipino community to become engaged in civic leadership, social justice and public service, while still promoting and sharing Filipino culture. Her recent efforts have included hosting a voter outreach and engagement called Iboto Pilipino (Vote Filipino) and a well-attended Fly Pinay Summit that aimed to empower Filipinas from different work sectors.

Johnny Gogo


Johnny is a Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County. Committed to help others and improve the community, he works as a community prosecutor by working with parents, children, and the community in order to keep people out of the courts.  As the President of the Northern California Region of the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association he invests into the next generation of API prosecutors and judges. Johnny can be constantly seen around the community working to make our community stronger and healthier.

Sherry Hirota


Sherry Hirota is the Chief Executive Officer for Asian Health Services in Oakland, California. She is a fierce advocate for the health needs of Asian Americans and for grassroots efforts to ensure health care for all. While running a non-profit health clinic that serves anyone regardless of their ability to pay, under her leadership they have successfully championed the health and well-being of nail salon workers, the disaggregation of Asian American demographic data, and the rights of cosmetology workers. From grassroots organizer to CEO, Sherry remains a steadfast leader in the fight to ensure health care access for all.

Brian Wo

Brian Wo

Brian is the Co-Founder of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. He was part of the coalition that trained countless airline and airport employees, restaurant and hotel workers, and other individuals to spot and report human trafficking during Super Bowl 50. From producing the largest anti-trafficking summit at Levi Stadium last year to conducting educational awareness workshops to churches, schools, and communities, Brian is committed to ensuring that human trafficking does not occur in our backyard. 

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<![CDATA[ Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest 2017]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:04:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/349*120/pic+788.jpg

The Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest (formerly, San Jose J-Town FilmFest) is a celebration of the multi-ethnic community and rich history of Silicon Valley. An all volunteer-run effort by a diverse team of community members, the film festival showcases independent films primarily by Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) filmmakers and offers quality programming, giving the community a chance to interact with the creative talents behind these films.

When:
April 27-30, 2017

 

For a complete schedule, click here. http://www.svapfilmfest.com/schedule-and-films

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<![CDATA[Junior League of San Jose to Honor Community Volunteers at the 48th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:42:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/VRL042017.jpg

 

San Jose, CA – Junior League of San Jose (JLSJ) will present its 48th annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Friday, April 28, 2017 during National Volunteer Week. Laura Garcia-Cannon and Sam Brock from NBC Bay Area News will emcee the event, with this year’s theme of “Rising Above.” The luncheon honors those who 
The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon (VRL) celebrates and honors volunteers in our community who have generously given their time, energy and skills to make positive change in Santa Clara County. More than 500 community members attend this heart-warming event every other year. 
At the luncheon, all VRL nominees will be presented with a special certificate for their worthy volunteer contributions. Kaiser Permanente will also present their Thriving Volunteer Award to a local nonprofit agency for its volunteer operations. Special recognition will then be given to the Crystal Bowl Winners — outstanding community volunteers who exemplify their contributions in the areas of leadership, youth services, health services, senior services, educational support and professional services, and advocacy, crisis intervention, cultural services and youth volunteers.
The 2017 Crystal Bowl Winners are

Junior League of San Jose (JLSJ) will present its 48th annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Friday, April 28, 2017 during National Volunteer Week.

Laura Garcia-Cannon and Sam Brock from NBC Bay Area News will emcee the event, with this year’s theme of “Rising Above.”

The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon (VRL) celebrates and honors volunteers in our community who have generously given their time, energy and skills to make positive change in Santa Clara County. More than 500 community members attend this heart-warming event every other year.

At the luncheon, all VRL nominees will be presented with a special certificate for their worthy volunteer contributions. Kaiser Permanente will also present their Thriving Volunteer Award to a local nonprofit agency for its volunteer operations. Special recognition will then be given to the Crystal Bowl Winners — outstanding community volunteers who exemplify their contributions in the areas of leadership, youth services, health services, senior services, educational support and professional services, and advocacy, crisis intervention, cultural services and youth volunteers.

The 2017 Crystal Bowl Winners are:

  • Raquel Christina Boales, Synchronized Swimming with Athletes with Disabilities
  • Raquel Burciaga, School of Arts & Culture
  • Robert & Linda Gray, Joseph Weller School
  • Larry R. Murchison, California Trolley & Railroad Corporation (CTRC)
  • Eric Drew, Eric Drew Foundation
  • Shelley Seders, DreamPower Horsemanship
  • Barbara Otto, The Grateful Garment Project
  • Megan Auyeung, Sacred Heart Community Service
  • Vasudha Ramanarasiah, Morehead Education Foundation

Out of these Crystal Bowl Winners, one will be presented with the Volunteerism At Its Best Award. A $1,000 cash prize (sponsored by Union Bank) will be given to the nominating agency.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.



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<![CDATA[Vishwa Shanti Dance Academy to Perform at the San Francisco International Arts Festival]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:03:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000022001835_1200x675_924769859603.jpg

The Vishwa Shanti Dance Academy presents its show, "Once Upon a Land... Stories from Magical India" on Saturday, May 27th at the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

This showcase of classical South Indian Dance will take viewers through the story of "Magical India." Unlike a purely classical Indian dance performance, this show brings together more characters, stories, colors, and costumes, bringing more appeal to all ages and cultures.

WHEN: Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 3:15pm

WHERE: Cowell Theater - 2 Marina BLVD, San Francisco

For more information on the San Francisco International Arts Festival, click here.

For more information on the Vishwa Shanti Dance Academy, click here.

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<![CDATA[68th Annual Satsuki Bazaar & Arts Festival]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:39:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000022001532_1200x675_924694083887.jpg

The Berkeley Buddhist Temple presents its 68th annual Satsuki Bazaar & Arts Festival, May 20-21.

Attractions include:

  • Free performances on Sunday
  • Jazz drummer Akira Tana, with Otonowa featuring Shoko Hikage
  • Delicious food
  • Manju
  • Shaved ice
  • Games for kids
  • Silent auction
  • Arts & crafts
WHEN: May 20-21, 2017
  • Saturday: 3-9pm
  • Sunday: 12-7pm
WHERE: Berkeley Buddhist Temple - 2121 Channing Way (at Shattuck) Berkeley
  • Near Downtown Berkeley BART Station
For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Autism Speaks Walk]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:24:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Autismwalk041917.jpg

Join NBC Bay Area's Kari Hall at the Autism Speaks Walk on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at History Park San Jose.

Sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta, the Autism Speaks Walk is the world's largest autism fund-raising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism.

Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead 'their best lives'.

WHEN: April 22, 2017

WHERE: History Park - 1650 Senter Rd, San Jose

  • Registration at 9am
  • Opening Ceremonies at 10:10am
  • Walk at 10:30am
  • Closing at 1pm
For more information, click here.



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<![CDATA[Bindlestiff Studio Presents "The Geek Show"]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:25:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Geek+Show+Promo-11.jpg

"The Geek Show" is a dynamic, multi-genre theater show featuring sketch comedy, scripted drama, improv, and film focused on showcasing, satirizing, and subverting the phenomenon that is "geek culture."

The show is designed to unite the passionate, the ostracized, and the awkward under a single banner of nerd pride to express themselves in an empowering celebration of our favorite escapes.

WHEN: April 20-22, 27-29 @ 8pm

WHERE: Bindlestiff Studio - 185 6th St, San Francisco

For tickets and more information, click here.



Photo Credit: Courtesy: Willis Lai]]>
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival & Bicycle Show]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:02:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SVBikeFest01041417web.jpg

Like no other, this Bay Area festival brings together racing, road, recumbent, BMX, mountain biking, Kustom, cruiser, fixed gear, cargo bike, vintage and lowrider cycling communities and their families to enjoy food trucks, craft beer, a Kids' Space, music, historical exhibitions, artisans and crafts.

Special attractions:

 

  • A spectacular bicycle show that attracts custom vintage, cruiser and lowrider builders and collectors
  • A FREE Kids' Space featuring games, art activities, prizes, a helmet give-away and a track for little ones to test ride trikes and balance bikes
  • Thrilling BMX stunt riding shows
  • A Public Advocacy Meeting & Community Forum
  • Free Bicycle Valet Parking
  • Bike Polo demonstrations and an Expo featuring over 50 exhibiting bicycle clubs, bicycle companies and the not-for-profit and governmental agencies that enlist cyclists to do great good
WHERE: History Park - 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose
WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 11am-5pm
COST: $5 general, $5 per show bike, kids five and under are FREE
For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[Evolving Community Investment & Engagement Strategies in 2017]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:58:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*209/hands+on.jpg

This upcoming Wednesday, April 19th, HandsOn Bay Area and ThinkThank have teamed up with innovative leaders from organizations like The San Francisco Foundation, ACLU, Google, Microsoft, PwC, SAP and Symantec to discuss strategies they’re implementing in 2017.

At the time of this event we will be roughly 100 days post inauguration, experiencing significant changes to government, law, resources and taxes in 2017. Hear directly from experts on their outlook and approach to build and heal divided communities in this drastically shifting landscape including:

  • Dismantling divides through innovative, inclusive leadership.
  • Evolving mutually impactful partnership strategies in changing times.
  • Healing through community investment, service, and action.

Event Overview

5:30 – 6:15 PM: Attendee Networking & Discussions

6:15 – 6:30 PM: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus & Introduction

 6:30 – 7:15 PM: Community, Equality & Nonprofit Strategies Learn more

 7:15 - 8:00 PM: Inclusive Corporate Practices & Partnerships

 8:00 - 9PM: Audience Q&A, Final Remarks & Networking

Why We are Gathering

The need to find common ground through shared purpose and develop strategies for cross sector collaboration is critical regardless of sex, race, gender or political preference. Inclusive leadership is not only the key to forming culture and driving collective impact; it can also be practiced personally every day, regardless of role. Let’s unite the Bay Area and learn how we can all make a positive impact in 2017, together.

Join us if you have questions about:

  • How and why to start or evolve this year’s corporate giving strategy.
  • The most effective partnership approaches between nonprofits and companies.
  • How to engage your company and community in purposeful action.

The Gray Area

Gray Area is a nonprofit and space in the Grand Theater in the Mission. Their mission is to apply art and technology to create positive social impact. They recently showed leadership starting the Fire Relief Fund, collaboratively raising almost $900,000 for the victims after the tragic fire erupted in an artist collective workspace in the Fruitvale district of Oakland.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Bike to Work Day]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:34:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/bike+to+work.jpg

Local bike groups and employers are planning a range of activities throughout the day and into the evening, including bike commuter convoys, group commutes, onsite events at businesses and public spaces, after-work happy hours and much more. And as they do every year, local public officials come out to support BTWD in every county, either at events or on two wheels.

Major Bike to Work Day events include:

  • 5:30-9:30 a.m. – Bike to Work Day Super Energizer Station at Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point
  • 7:00-9:30 a.m. – Bike to Work Day Pancake Breakfast at Frank Ogawa Plaza, downtown Oakland (12th Street BART station)
  • 8:00 a.m. – Oakland elected officials press event at Frank Ogawa Plaza
  • 8:30 a.m. – Bike to Work Day Rally at San Francisco City Hall
  • 5:30-11 a.m. – Morning Bike to Work Day Energizer Stations across the Bay Area
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m. – Evening Bike to Work Day Energizer Stations across the Bay Area
  • 7:30-9:30 a.m. – BTWD press conference followed by Movers and Shakers Ride at MLK Jr. Library (150 E. San Fernando St, San Jose)
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s Bike Away from Work Bash at the Historic Adobe Building 157 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View

Complete local event information and Energizer Station locations are available at  http://youcanbikethere.com/energizer/.

 And don’t forget to register to participate in the Team and Company Bike Challenges! Running May 1-31, riders compete for bragging rights for miles ridden, calories burned and – perhaps most importantly – pounds of CO2 saved from the atmosphere. Check out teambikechallenge.com for all the details!

For more information on Bike to Work Day 2017, go to youcanbikethere.com or email us at info@bayareabikes.org.



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<![CDATA[Seventh Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival]]> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:32:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021821866_1200x675_915727939948.jpg

Come by the NBC Bay Area booth at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, and enter to win special prizes from Maui, as well as the opportunity to be entered into the grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Ka’anapali Maui and tickets to the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, compliments of the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Alaska Airlines, and the Ka’anapali Beach Resort Association.
The premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific, the Seventh Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival will take place over three weekends on multiple islands, featuring a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers.
The Festival in Hawaii Island, Maui, and Oahu will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers.
WHEN: Enter the grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Ka’anapali Maui and tickets to the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – April 8-9, 2017

Come by the NBC Bay Area booth at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, and enter to win special prizes from Maui, as well as the opportunity to be entered into the grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Ka’anapali Maui and tickets to the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, compliments of the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Alaska Airlines, and the Ka’anapali Beach Resort Association.

The premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific, the Seventh Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival will take place over three weekends on multiple islands, featuring a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers.

The Festival in Hawaii Island, Maui, and Oahu will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers.

WHEN: Enter the grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Ka’anapali Maui and tickets to the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – April 8-9, 2017

WHERE: San Francisco Japantown

For more information on the Seventh Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival - click here

For more information on the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival - click here

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<![CDATA[Eskabo Daan Influence and Celebration ]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:55:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*140/eskabo+dann.jpg

On March 21st, 2017, history was made with Bay Area martial arts group Eskabo Daan taking Best Martial Arts group in the Bay Area on the Bay Area A-List. This is the 5th year in a row Eskabo Daan won and is the only Filipino martial arts group to win Best in the Bay, cementing their legacy into history.

Yet, this movement is more than just martial arts. They also stand for family and loyalty, which have started to spread to other communities.

Students from all backgrounds are welcome to become culturally immersed in the Filipino culture. They teach students how to be confident, to work smart, not hard and how to never feel afraid again of walking the streets alone at night! The art was founded by Grand Master Robert Castro who has over thirty years of experience under his belt.

Though this is an accomplishment Eskabo Daan is celebrating, it still believes their work is far from over and will continue to promote and propagate Filipino martial arts world-wide, one venue at a time.

 

To learn more about the group or to sign up for classes click here!

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<![CDATA[Nikkei Matsuri Japanese American Festival 2017]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:17:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/japanese+american+36.jpg

There’s no better way to enjoy Japanese American culture than through food and crafts!

Over sixty arts and crafts vendors throughout Western United States and Hawaii will be at hand. All the work is handmade with a contemporary style focused on Japanese American tradition.

Sit back and relax while the Outdoor Stage hosts well known groups such as the San Jose Chidori band, the Wesley Jazz Band and the San Jose Taiko.

Other attractions include:

  • Food court with traditional and non traditional Japanese cuisine
  • Arts and crafts including clothing, ceramics, pottery and gifts all uniquely Japanese and Asian American
  • Indoor stage featuring Japanese culture through music, martial arts and dance
  • Cultural displays such as ikebana (flower arranging), suseki (rock displays), bonsai (miniature trees and plants) and more!

Where:
San Jose Japan town

When:
April 23, 2017 9:30M-4:00PM

 

For more info, click here.

 

 

 

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    <![CDATA[Aunt Lily’s Flower Book: One Hundred Years of Legalized Racism]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:17:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/lily+34.jpg

    Beloved Bay Area storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki, and Emmy Award winning Composer Mark Izu, will present Aunt Lily’s Flower Book: One Hundred Years of Legalized Raciscm, as part of the 2017 San Francisco International Arts Festival.

    Aunt Lily’s Flower Book is the diary of Lily Takasaki, Mark Isu’s aunt. This long undiscovered diary is Aunt Lily’s first person reflections as a child in Japan, coming to California at the age of ten, swept-away in the hysteria of mass incarceration and then trying to establish a home in post-war segregated California.

    Aunt Lily’s stories and memoirs are woven in with archival photographs and historic film clips from Izu’s family, performed by Brenda Wong Aoki with live music accompanied by Emmy Award winning compower and contra-bassist Mark Isu and features koto master Shoko Hikage.

    Where:
    South Side Theater, Fort Mason: 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco

    When:
    Saturday, May 27 at 9:30 pm
    Sunday, May 28, 2pm
    Saturday, June 3, 7pm

    Admission:

    General Admission: $25

    Children 17 and under: $12.50

    $4 off cover price for seniors and student ID

     

    For tickets and more information, click here. 


     

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    <![CDATA[Exclusion Exhibit Opens At San Francisco's Presidio Officer's Club]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:43:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*151/asian+america+3+28.jpg

    Coming to you is an exhibition marking its 75th year since the Western Defense Commander Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt sat at his desk in Building 35 at the Presidio and signed 108 Civilian Exclusion Orders. The Exclusion exhibition has been in collaboration with the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) and invites visitors to investigate the choice both personal and political that led to this dark chapter in American history. This is a time to reflect on what we have learned that helps us address present-day issues of mass incarceration, immigration reform, and racial profiling.

    Where:

    The Presidio Officer’s Club, Heritage Gallery, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco

    When:

    Saturday, April 1, 2017 to March 2018, Tuesdays to Sundays

    Time:

    10:00am-6:00pm

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    <![CDATA[The Beat Goes On: Peace, Love and Rock & Roll in the North Bay Until April 2nd]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:54:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021692510_1200x675_908436547703.jpg

    The Beat Goes On features rock posters, artifacts and images that trace the influences of music, counterculture and rebellion in the North Bay Area – beyond the limits of San Francisco and the Haight Ashbury district. Enjoy this exhilarating exhibit until April 2, 2017 at the Museums of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa! 

    The late 1960s was as volatile a time in music as it was in the rest of society. Music of the counterculture, psychedelic rock and hippie anthems, grabbed headlines across the country. Music became part of the national conversation about youth, free love, drugs, and rebellion. The Beat Goes On features rock posters, artifacts and images that trace the influences of music, counterculture and rebellion in the North Bay Area.

     

    Event Details

    Location :
    Museums of Sonoma County
    425 Seventh Street
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    Date : Now - April 2, 2017

    Time : Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Cost
    Adults: $10.00
    Students and Seniors: $7.00
    Children and 12: FREE
    Museum Members: FREE

    Contact Info
    707-579-1500
    http://artmsc.org/

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    <![CDATA[A Global Journey - Japantown's 50th Celebration of Cherry Blossom Festival]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:58:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000021692505_1200x675_908433987992.jpg

    San Francisco celebrates another year of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival with over 200,000 attendees with dazzling displays showcasing the color and grace of Japanese culture. For this year’s 50th celebration, the Grand Parade will be held on Sunday April 16, 2017, beginning on Civic Center proceeding to Polk to Post Street and ending in Japantown between Post and Filmore Streets. Enjoy the diversity of the Japanese-American Community and the blooming of the beautiful cherry blossoms on two weekends : April 8th – 9th and April 15th – 16th from 10 am to 5 pm. All are welcome to join in festivities including delicious food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and so much more!

     

    Event Details:
    Date: April 8-9 and April 15-16
    Time: 10am-5pm
    Location: Japantown, San Francisco
    Admission: Free!


    For more info, please click here.

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    <![CDATA[Holi Cupertino Festival of Colors]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:00:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/CupertinoHoli032717.png

    For the very first time, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce presents 
    Holi " Cupertino Festival of Colors"
    This is a FREE event open to the community of Cupertino and beyond. The festival celebrates the arrival of spring and for many a festive day to meet others, enjoy delicacies, play & laugh! Colors may be purchased on-site only to meet city environmental requirements.
    So come join us on April 8th to celebrate "LIFE" and enjoy FOOD, MUSIC & COLORS with your loved ones!

    For the very first time, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce presents, Holi "Cupertino Festival of Colors."

    This is a FREE event open to the community of Cupertino and beyond.

    The festival celebrates the arrival of spring and for many a festive day to meet others, enjoy delicacies, play and laugh! Colors may be purchased on-site only to meet city environmental requirements.

    So come join the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce on April 8 to celebrate life, enjoy food, music and colors with your loved ones!

    WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    WHERE: Memorial Park- 10185 North Stelling Rd, Cupertino

    FREE Admission

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    <![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.

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    <![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

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    <![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!

     

    DATE AND TIME

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

     

    LOCATION

    Rainbow Park
    6155 Rainbow Drive
    San Jose, CA 95129

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    <![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!

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    <![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

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    <![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! 

    Entertainment
    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.

     

    Shopping
    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.

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    <![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.

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    <![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

    . MMA

    . Arm wrestling

    ... and much more.

    Where:

    5001 Great America parkway, Santa Clara, Ca. 95054

    When:

    March 18th, 2017

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    <![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

    ABOUT OUR PANEL

    • 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

    COST

    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

    EVENT DETAILS

    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

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    <![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.

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    <![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. 

    START TIMES:

    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.

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    <![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.

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    <![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.

    HOW TO HELP 

    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.

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    <![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!

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    <![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



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    <![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



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    <![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

    Where:

    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.

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    <![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

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

    Cost:
    Free admission

    Click here for additional details.

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    <![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.

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    <![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.

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    <![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

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    <![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

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    <![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
    natalie.petroni@fairmont.com

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    <![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

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    <![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.

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    <![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.

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    <![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.

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    <![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.

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