<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/community http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:05:39 -0800 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:05:39 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The 2015 State of the Valley Conference]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:14:38 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/228*120/JointVenturelogo-390x205.jpg0129.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

How: Register here


Cost: $150

For more information, visit Joint Venture Silicon Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: Saturday, February 14, 2015

Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Time: 1:30 pm – 5 pm

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

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


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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: February 12, 2015

Where: Farley’s East Coffeehouse


Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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

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

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

For more infomation, click here

Deadline:  February 12, 2015 by 5:00 PM

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

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

There are hundreds of employment opportunities available at all levels.

This event is free and open to the public 18 years of age and older. Multicultural, bilingual, people with disabilities, women, LGBT, veterans and mature candidates are encouraged to attend.

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

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

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

How: Register Here

Cost: Free

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

For more information, visit the City Career Fair Website.

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: March 14, 2015

Where: Temple Isaiah


Time: 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: February 28, 2015

Where: Napa Valley Country Club

Time: 5:30 PM to 12:00 AM 

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

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

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

Where: 155 Fifth St., San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: March 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

Where: 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: February 6, 2015

Where: Union Square

Time: 11:00 AM

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

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

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

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

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

When: Preview Sale - January 25, 2015

(Public Sale March 7 -  March 8)

Where: 333 Lancaster Street, Oakland

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

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

(Public Sale - FREE ADMISSION)

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: February 1, 2015

Where: 438 Coleman Ave through Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

                San Jose

Time: 9:00 AM

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: January 30, 2015

Where: Fairmont Hotel

                San Jose

Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

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

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

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

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

When: Saturday, February 7

Where: Santa Clara

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: Saturday, January 24, 2015

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

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

Attire: Business 

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

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

<![CDATA[27th Annual Manufacturers RV Show]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:59:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/camping1.jpg

The 27th Annual Manufacturers RV Show kicks off this Saturday, January 10,  at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Come out for this nine day show and see RVs from more than 10 dealers and vendors from all across California. With hundreds of manufacturers lines, as well as manufacturer representatives on site, it is the perfect time to find the right RV for you and your family. 

Other vendors at the show will include Aquas Water, Bath Fitter Northern California, Click Scan Share, Discovery Electric Bikes, Danmer Custom Shutters, Harmony Ridge Resort, Mercedes of Pleasanton, and more! 

For more information and the admission coupon, click here

When: Saturday January 10 - 19, 2015

Time: Weekdays 11am - 7pm, Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sunday and MLK Jr. Monday 10am - 6pm

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

Cost: Adults $15, Seanior (65+) $12, Kids 16 & under FREE (Discount Admission Coupons Available), Fairground charges for parking

<![CDATA[Sonoma Valley 2014 Gingerbread Winery Competition ]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:34:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/276*120/GBC2014_690X300.jpg

Get into the holiday spirit with gingerbread houses and wine for the Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Winery Competition! Ten wineries throughout Sonoma Valley engage in a friendly competition to see who can create the most magnificent gingerbread masterpiece. The theme of this year is “In Sonoma Valley the Roots Run Deep” with a Holiday Twist! Each winery will display these decadently clever creations in their respective tasting rooms.

Come visit each of the wineries, sample Sonoma Valley's world-class wines, do some holiday shopping and vote for your favorite Gingerbread creation! Each vote you cast counts as one entry in a drawing to win a case of hand-selected Sonoma Valley wine! 

Click here to cast your vote now until December 31, 2014.

<![CDATA[Cinequest Film Festival Needs Volunteers]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:46:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/cinequest-logo.jpg

Calling all movie lovers! Cinequest Film Festival is in need of volunteers to help produce its annual spectacle of international film premiers, parties, and events. Cinequest is a vanguard organization that fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists and innovators to create and connect to the world.

The festival runs from February 28, 2015 through March 8, 2015. You’ll have a chance to meet and work with new people in a fun and exciting environment. To learn more about the opportunity or to apply to become a volunteer, please click here.

When: February 28, 2015 – March 8, 2015

Where: San Jose

Time: TBA

<![CDATA[TiVo "Santa Run Silicon Valley" ]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:26:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/santarunsv2014.jpg

Join us on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM for the TiVo "Santa Run Silicon Valley", a new tradition in San Jose benefiting the holiday favorites, Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice. Festivities kick off at 1:00 PM on race day with the race starting at 3:00. The TiVo "Santa Run Silicon Valley" is a 5K Run/Walk that is fun for the whole family. You are encouraged to dress up as your favorite holiday character or tradition; Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, reindeer, elves, dreidel, menorah, ornaments, tree, candlestick. The ideas are limitless. You can do it as a group too! Bring the whole family for a day of fun; looking at festive displays, community trees and watching live entertainment at Christmas in the Park. Or, warm up those legs before the run and skate at Downtown Ice under the lighted palm trees or warm up with some hot chocolate. Either way, grandparents, parents and kids alike will enjoy the timeless memories these great activities have to offer.

Starting Wednesday, December 3, anyone who has registered will be entered to win daily prizes during the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. No additional work is needed! 25 people each day will be awarded prizes like FREE: Skating at Downtown Ice, Unlimited ride passes at Winter Wonderland, Sports Basement gift cards, Chipotle gift cards, Jamba Juice gift cards, Pure Protein nutritional bars and more! 

Don't be on the naughty list and register today! For more information, click here

When: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Where: Festive Site, Christmas in the Park. Race Start, Santa Clara Street at Almaden Boulevard

<![CDATA[New Year's Eve Gala onboard The USS Hornet]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:15:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/NYE14-Dance+Page+Poster.jpg

Don’t have plans for New Years? Ring in 2015 onboard the USS Hornet Museum, the historic World War II aircraft-carrier-turned-museum in Alameda. Centered around a World War II era theme, enjoy synchronized, chorus-style dancing from the 1920’s and 30’s to the live music of 3 O’ Clock Jump, a 17-piece band consisting of some of the best jazz and swing musicians from the Bay Area. A cash bar and food concessions will be onboard to keep you celebrating throughout the night.

There will be a silent auction where you can win great items including hotel packages, gift certificates to Bay Area restaurants, wine, tickets to sporting events, museum experiences, fine jewelry and more. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit the USS Hornet Museum. The countdown to midnight is coupled with a sensational view of the Bay Area skyline or a front row seat for the San Francisco fireworks in weather permits.

For more information, click here

When: December 31, 2014

Where: USS Hornet Museum


Time: 7:30 PM 

<![CDATA[The 23rd Annual Silveyville Holiday Celebration for Children with Disabilities]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:39:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/silveyville_kids3-1024x649.jpg

For the 23rd year in a row, Silveyville Christmas Tree farm in Dixon is hosting a special holiday event for special needs children and their parents to enjoy a Christmas celebration together. Over 115 preschool and school-aged children with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities will get to ride sleighs, visit with Santa, drink hot apple cider, have some popcorn and other holiday treats, and receive one toy gift at this special event made just for them.

Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center sponsors this special day through a grant from the California Family Empowerment Centers and local community partners including First Northern Bank, Community Business Bank, .99 Cent Stores, and Big Lots! Vacaville.  Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center empowers families of special needs children to successfully understand and access the systems that serve them in Solano, Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties. 

For more information, click here

When: December 12, 2014

Where: Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm


When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

<![CDATA[Kohl Mansion 100th Anniversary grand Finale Concert ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:43:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/304*120/Kohl_Mansion_100th_Celebration_logo_for_web_small.jpg

The iconic Kohl Mansion is celebrating 100 years of rich and beautiful history. As 2014 comes to a close, their 100th anniversary celebration will be on Sunday, December 14, 2014 with a Grand Finale Concert called ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! John Santos Sextet and VNote Ensemble are coming together to bring you a rousing concert and celebration to conclude a year of festivities.

John Santos is a Bay Area, 5-time grammy nominee, Latin Jazz superstar. Joining him and his sextet is Venezuelan Jazz-Fusion virtuosa Jackeline Rago and her VNote ensemble. There are two seating choices available for purchase: “Great Hall Concert Seating” for $75 which includes one beverage and snack and “Table Seating in Tent” for $50 including one beverage. “Table Seating in Tent” has video screens and a dance floor. This event is presented by the Kohl Mansion, Mercy High School Burligame, and Music at Kohl Mansion.

For more information, click here

When: December 14, 2014

Where: Kohl Mansion


Time: 7:00 PM 

<![CDATA[Wheels Annual “Stuff-A-Bus” Holiday Food Drive Celebrates the Season of Sharing]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:09:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*130/showimagesabfd.jpg

 As the holiday season approaches, local food banks are in need of essential supplies. To provide support, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels bus system in the Tri-Valley, will host its annual “Stuff-A-Bus” holiday food drive. The event is being held on December 6th from 10 am to 2 pm in support of the Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry. This year, Safeway Supermarkets has partnered with LAVTA to host the holiday food drive at three of its Tri-Valley stores. Wheels bus drivers and other volunteers will be on hand to collect non-perishable food donations to help bring good cheer to Tri-Valley families this holiday season.

“When people think of the Tri-Valley, most think of the large corporate offices, shopping malls, wineries and large homes, but few think of the people who struggle day to day.  Many residents are in need of food, especially around the holidays. The ‘Stuff-A-Bus’ event ensures that all donations collected in the Tri-Valley remain in the Tri-Valley, where they are needed,” says Chair of the LAVTA Board and Alameda County Supervisor, Scott Haggerty.

Safeway will be hosting the event at three stores in the Tri-Valley. These include: 4495 First Street, Livermore; 4440 Tassajara Rd., Dublin; and 6790 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Safeway has $10 pre-packaged donation bags available at all stores or individual items may be purchased. The most needed items are: juice boxes, cooking oil, granola bars, canned vegetables and fruit, coffee, pasta, rice, sugar and flour.

To promote the event, radio station 101.7 KKIQ will be having a live broadcast from 10 am to noon at the Livermore Safeway location.

For more information on Wheels, click here

When: Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: 4495 First Street, Livermore; 4440 Tassajara Rd., Dublin; and 6790 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton


<![CDATA[The 10th Annual Café de Kohl]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:03:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/Cafe_de_Kohl_Graphic2.jpg

The beautiful and historic Kohn Mansion presents its 10th annual Café de Kohl, a festive fundraiser benefitting the restoration and enhancement of the Kohl Mansion. On Monday, December 8, 2014, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, enjoy an evening of complimentary tea and espresso, wine, a light supper, and a dessert buffet companied by music, a silent auction, the Kohl Mansion Specialty Boutique, and more surprises to be revealed at the event.

Café de Kohl is a holiday event reserved for adults and young adults. Registration for adults is $65, and $35 for young adults ages 11 through 17. The Kohl Mansion will be decorated in holiday elegance. Begin your holiday festivities early and be a part of the ever-lasting Kohl Mansion history.

For more information, click here

When: December 8, 2014

Where: Kohl Mansion


Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

<![CDATA[Today is #GivingTuesday ]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:45:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/BGC_09_15_10_299122.jpg

This holiday season join in on the giving spirit by offering a gift on #Giving Tuesday, December 2nd! #GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a global day dedicated for people to give back to their communities.

See below a few of the community organizations that you can give back to: 

ACCI- This year, AACI is raising funds to expand our Asian Women's Home, an emergency shelter for domestic violence victims.

Silicon Valley FACES- Every donation made to FACES will be matched 1:1. Challenge 5 friends to join you and donate $50 to FACES. 

Rebuild Together Peninsula- Please donate $10.00 or more toward handrails and grab bars for someone who needs a little help with balance in their life.

Via Services- Help them reach their goal of raising $46,500 to purchase 2 vans for community intergration field trips. 

BuildOn- This #GivingTuesday, why just give to charity when you can partner with youth to invest in stronger communities? Better yet, a generous supporter will match your investment up to $50,000!


<![CDATA[Christmas in the Park Celebrating 35 Years]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:15:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/164*120/8303427774_c3a7ce70d5_z122.jpg

At Christmas in the Park this year, you can expect some very special events to help make your holidays magical. Start things off each Wednesday with special movie nights featuring Polar Express, Home Alone, White Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street (1994). Saturday December 6th from Noon until 3pm Unleashed by Petco presents Dog Day at the Park – where you can bring your furry friends to visit with Santa. On Saturday December 13 there is the  annual Breakfast with Santa event at the Fairmont from 9am-12pm and they will also be holding their Toys for Tots “Stuff the Bus” event from 8am-5pm. On Sunday the 14th the third annual TiVo “Santa Run Silicon Valley”. New Year’s Eve at the park is also very special this year as they present Disney’s Frozen followed by a live performance by SAGE. As part of their 35 in 35 program this year, they are asking visitors to bring in gently worn baby clothes in order to donate to Loved Twice. 

If you want the perfect Downtown for the Holidays experience, make sure you don’t miss out on Downtown Ice, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced ice skater or a beginner, everyone is invited to grab a pair of ice-skates and enjoy the beautifully lit palm trees at Downtown Ice. Located across the street from Christmas in the Park, at Circle of the Palms. This ice rink is actually bigger than the one at the Rockefeller Center in New York City! So grab your friends and family and join other fellow ice-skaters for an experience you’ll never forget.

When you visit Christmas in the Park, stop by Winter Wonderland, produced by Giant Creative Services. At Winter Wonderland, you can go round and round, and up and down, and get dizzy on their exciting rides. Winter Wonderland, Downtown Ice and Christmas in the Park have partnered to bring you an even better Downtown holiday experience with classic rides, popcorn and candy apples. Buy an unlimited rides wristband and enjoy the gigantic Ferris Wheel over and over again. So treat yourself to these memorable rides, attractions and deliciously fun treats.

For more information on all the fun to be had at this year's Christmas in the Park, click here.  

When: Now until January 1, 2015

Time: 9 a.m. - midnight 

Where: Plaza De Cesar Chavez, San Jose 

Cost: Free, donations are welcomed. 

<![CDATA[The Twentieth Wife at the Z Space]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:03:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/TTW-Postcard-Jali-Screen-e1416356775687.jpg

Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh and author Indu Sundaresan have come together to present The Twentieth Wife, a tale of one of India’s most powerful woman, Empress Noor Jahan told through dance, live music, multimedia and live narration at the Z Space in San Francisco.

Noor Jahan was the twentieth wife of Emperor Jahangir and lived in the imperial harem, a secluded area for women of the imperial household. The story of her life is her struggle to maintain the delicate power bestowed upon her by her husband, who trusted her more than anyone else.

This beautiful collaboration by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh and Indu Sundaresan brings you an artistic and unique perspective of The Twentieth Wife. There are three shows you can attend from January 16, 2015 through January 18, 2015. Tickets begin at $35.

For more information, click here

When: January 16, 2015 to January 18, 2015

Where: Z Space

                San Francisco

Time: January 16, 2015 and January 17, 2015 – 8:00 PM; January 18, 2015 – 2:00 PM

<![CDATA[Chespirito Homage on Telemundo]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 12:20:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000009362247_1200x675_366193731523.jpg Nations honor a Mexican comedic icon, Chespirito]]> <![CDATA[The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:01:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Union_Square_11_24_2011-84_fs.jpg

A holiday pastime for many native San Franciscans, the annual Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is now open through January 19, 2015. Spend the night gliding across the ice with your loved ones under the beautiful lights of the Union Square Christmas tree. With all of the holiday shoppers and magical holiday decorations surrounding Union Square, there is no better place to spend some quality time with your family this holiday season.

The ice rink is open daily from 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM and located at the corner of Geary and Powell Street in Union Square of San Francisco. General admission tickets are $11 and tickets for children under the age of eight are $7. You can bring your own skates or rent a pair for $6 at the ice rink. Sizes range from toddler’s 6 to men’s 14.

The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square also hosts some special events to bring people together. There is a single’s night, a Drag Queen Extravaganza, and a California-beach themed day. For a schedule of events at the ice rink, visit http://unionsquareicerink.com/special-events/.

For more information, click here

When: November 5, 2014 - January 19, 2015

Where: Union Square

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM daily

<![CDATA[Downtown Walnut Creek on Ice]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:50:48 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/14675073001_b4dee7f6cb_o.jpg

Take some time this holiday season to enjoy Downtown Walnut Creek on Ice! The skating rink is open now until January 11. 

The skating rink will offer a Holiday Ice Skating Academy where you can attend a class once a week to better your skills followed by practice. Also featured is a private ice rental, great for a holiday party, birthday parties during public skating hours, family skate nights every Tuesday, and more! 

Bring your family & friends to share in the magic of the season as the Mayor of Walnut Creek lights the tree on Friday, November 29 at 5 p.m.! Enjoy carolers, holiday treats and an appearance by Santa! Presented by Walnut Creek Downtown, Walnut Creek Chamber & the City of Walnut Creek.

When: November 7, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Times: (excluding holiday periods) Monday - Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 11:00p.m; Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Where: Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek 

Cost: $11-15

For more information, click here

<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area and Safeway Food Drive Sells 70,000 Bags and Counting]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:50:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/10730836_751697744885747_1840095249635647895_n.jpg

 NBC Bay Area and Safeway have partnered together over the holiday season with the goal to end hunger. "Help Us End Hunger" Food Drive kicked off this past Saturday with NBC Bay Area anchors and local volunteers spanning Safeway stores all across the Bay Area. In that one day, over 19,000 bags were sold, with a current total of 70,661 bags solds throughout the Bay Area. 

With the food drive running until December 25, there is still to stop at your local Safeway and purchase a $10 bag to "Help Us End Hunger!" 

Here is a look at the top 10 Safeway stores with the current highest results: 

1. 338 Bags, 1 Camino Alto, Mill Valley 

2. 231 Bags, 110 Strawberry Vill. #100, Mill Valley, NBC Bay Area anchor: Mark Mathews

3. 165 Bags, 900 Diablo Avenue, Novato

4. 154 Bags, 50 Solano Square, Bencia

5. 149 Bags, 137 Corte Madera, Corte Madera

6. 142 Bags, Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

7. 123 Bags, 5720 Nave Drive, Novato

8. 122 Bags, 3375 Jefferson Street, Napa

9. 112 Bags, 838 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., San Anselmo

10. 108 Bags, Brooks Road, Windsor 

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: December 19, 2014

Where: Wells Fargo Center for Arts

                Santa Rosa

Time: 7:00 PM

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

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

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

When: Friday, November 28, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park, San Jose

Cost: Free

For more information, visit the Christmas in the Park website

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

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

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

For more information and a schedule of events, click here

When: November 29, 2014

Where: Ghirardelli Square

Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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

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

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

Turkey Broth Recipe

turkey carcass

3 gallons of water

2 onions

5 cloves of garlic

Pinch of salt 

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


Turkey Congee Recipe

Any left-over turkey meat

2 gallons turkey broth

8 cups cooked rice

3 cups diced yams or sweet potato

½ cup shredded fresh ginger

1 tablespoon light soy sauce

1 green onion, sliced


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spikes worn by Game 7 winner Jeremy Affeldt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please click here

When: November 29, 2014

Where: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Time: 5:00 PM

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

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

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

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

Jessica Aguirre - @jessaguirrenbc
6790 Bernal Ave, Pleasonton

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

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

Jeff Ranieri - @jeffranieri
200 Alamo Plaze, Alamo

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

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

Rob Mayeda - @robmayeda
2496 Camino Tassajara, Danville

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

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

Scott McGrew - @scottmcgrew
3970 Rivermark Plaze, Santa Clara

Christina Loren - @christina_loren
3970 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara

Mike Inouye - @mikenoway
46848 Mission Blvd, Fremont

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

 Robert Handa - @RHandaNBC
235 Tennant Street, Morgan Hill

Ian Cull -  @NBCian
235 tennant Street, Morgan Hill

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

Joe Rosato
2020 Market St., San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl Hurd - @hurd_hurd
122 Robles Way, Vallejo

Mark Matthews - @MarkMatthewsNBC
110 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley


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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Court, Chef
Winter Bread Pudding
Fairmont San Francisco Recipe 

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

2 Portions

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

Prepared Day Prior;

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

Prepare Day of;

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

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

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

Shred Chicken breast by hand, into ¼ oz pieces.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Season with salt and pepper, and enjoy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allow the finished casserole to cool to room temperature.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vegetable soup made with canned chicken noodle soup as a base

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: 155 Fifth Street, downtown San Francisco

Cost: Free to military veterans

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Where: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Time: 7:40 pm - 9:40 pm

For more information on the Tech Awards, click here.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Participating food banks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit sjdowntown.com/downtownice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: Monday, November 17, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

For more information, click here

When: November 14th and 21st, 2014

Where: Cupertino Target

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM

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

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

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

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

When: Friday, November 14, 2014

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM

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

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

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]]>