<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities ]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/community http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usMon, 27 Jun 2016 04:24:10 -0700Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:24:10 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[San Jose Oborn Festival]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:55:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/drumjapan.jpg

Japantown celebrates the San Jose Obon festival, a time when generations of families and friends come together and enjoy a rich cultural experience in one of the tree remaining Japantowns in the United States.

Partake in traditional dancing and indulge in Japanese culinary favorites like sushi, beef and chicken teriyaki, gyoza, udon, tempura, and festival favorites such as corn on the cob and strawberry shortcake.

Japantown's largest festival with two days of game booths, food booths, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, the Chidori Band, San Jose Taiko and over 1,200 dancers in full costume each evening. 

When: Saturday, July 9-10

Where: Japantown in San Jose

For more information, please click here.

<![CDATA[5th Annual Island Reggae Festival ]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:14:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Kingdom+of+Tonga+Laumei.jpg

The 5th Annual Island Reggae Festival include activities on three stages with live music on the Main stage, the Oasis stage will host a DJ sound clash and the third stage will feature Polynesian Dance Showcase. The event also features carnival rides for children, the USO Car Club Showcase, a youth Rugby tournament and a Tattoo Showcase.

Artists on the lineup for Island Reggae Festival consistently include some of the Pacific Islands' greatest talents and those that have been embraced by the culture. Be sure to watch performances from Common Kings, Tarrus Riley, Collie Buddz, Fiji, Anuhea, Sammy J, Mango Kingz and many more!

This is a family-friendly event, which will also feature over thirty merchandise and food vendors with Polynesian food as well as some of the best in festival food favorites. 

When: Saturday, July 9

Time: 10am-11pm

Where: Santa Clara County Fairground, San Jose

For tickets and more information, please click here.

<![CDATA[YWCA Silicon Valley: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:58:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/YWCAWalk062116.jpg

Join YWCA Silicon Valley at its 14th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Wednesday, June 22nd from 5-7 p.m. at Santana Row, San Jose.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes allows the people of Silicon Valley to act in solidarity with survivors everywhere.

The funds raised at Walk a Mile in Her shoes contribute to the critical support for hundreds of survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault in the county each year.

Men are encouraged to register as an individual or build a team of friends, family or colleagues and join this proactive movement.

Once participants have completed their walk in support of sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, an after-party celebration at Thea Mediterranean restaurant in Santana Row will have exclusive offers to Walk a Mile participants, a great way to cap this team-building and networking opportunity in support of a great cause.

When: June 22, 2016 - 5-7pm

Where: Santana Row, San Jose

To register and for more information, click here.

<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Sheriff Search & Rescue Academy 2016]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:37:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/229*120/SAR062016.jpg

Did you know that the all-volunteer members of the Santa Clara County Sheriff Search and Rescue team are on call and available to help in the community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week in rain, snow or heat of the night?

The Santa Clara County Sheriff Search and Rescue team is seeking for qualified volunteers and invites the community to its 2016 annual Academy beginning August 18th.

The SCCSSAR team offers an academy once per year, starting in August and ending in October. The purpose of the academy is to instruct prospective team members in the skills and techniques necessary to work as a basic team member.

The academy covers search tactics, rope rescue, navigation and other topics.

The academy will be held weekly on a weekday evening from 6:30-9:30pm and on several weekend days. A precise calendar will be provided to all prospective attendees.


When: August 18, 2016

How: For more information on prerequisites, expectations, how to apply, as well as how you can help with donations, click here.

<![CDATA[Celebrate the 4th of July at the Alameda County Fair!]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:08:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/262*120/ACFCoverArt061716.jpg

Celebrate the "Spirit of Summer" at Alameda County Fair this 4th of July!

Don't miss the Fireworks Spectacular featuring the Oakland Symphony, extreme live action sports shows, Oaktree Horse Racing and the Red, White & Blues Festival.

The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular promises to live up to its name with non-stop, razzle-dazzle fireworks set to music performed by the Oakland Symphony. The show will also have a Salute to Hometown Heroes Video before the fireworks!

When: 4th of July, Monday - 9:30pm

Where: Budweiser Grandstand (at the Horse Racing Track)

Alameda County Fairgrounds - 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton (Off Bernal Ave.)

For information on admission, parking and other Fair attractions, click here.

Photo Credit: Alameda County Fair]]>
<![CDATA[Underwater Photographer Helps Cancer Survivors Heal]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:20:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*124/1underwaterhealer061616.jpg

Erena Shimoda always had a passion for being underwater. She began shooting underwater photographs in 2005 after receiving her Divemaster certificate in Venezuela and has taken underwater photos all over the world including Thailand, Bonaire, Corsica, Cozumel, Cancun and Hawaii.

Today, she specializes in underwater portrait photography and uses her unique skill for a very special cause.

Shimoda provides free underwater portrait sessions for cancer patients, survivors and anyone who has endured a traumatic life experience. It is called "Underwater Healer About Face."

Maya Sycip, 23, participated in Shimoda's "Underwater Healer About Face" project. 2016 will mark three years since Sycip has officially been in remission from brain cancer. She wanted to get her pictures taken because she has never taken photos underwater before and still had some healing to do of her own.

"Being underwater, you're so at peace," said Sycip during an interview on NBC Bay Area's Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa. "Being underwater and doing this photoshoot ... I got to be in that state of nirvana."

Shimoda was inspired to start her program after volunteering with the American Cancer Society's "Look Good Feel Better" program for cancer patients and survivors to rediscover their beauty.

"When I work with my clients, they also gain their confidence by doing something new, which is underwater portrait photography," said Shimoda. "I thought I could combine these two to help cancer survivors."

How you can support Erena Shimoda's Program:

Erena says her free underwater portraits for cancer patients and survivors would not be possible without the generous support from donors, sponsors and clients.

For more information on how you could support Erena's program through donations or scheduling an underwater photoshoot, click here.

About Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa:

Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa is a weekly half hour show covering Asian newsmakers, events, community accolades and youth perspectives. It is the only show in the Bay Area dedicated to Asian community affairs. The show airs Sundays at 5:30 a.m. on NBC Bay Area, channel 11 or cable channel 3 and at 6 p.m. on NBC's COZI TV, channel 186. Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa is a great way to find out what is going on around the Bay Area and how they affect the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Photo Credit: Erena Shimoda]]>
<![CDATA[EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:13:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Scott+McGrew.jpg

On June, 24, EY will announce its Entrepreneur of The Year 2016 Award in the Northern Region. The represented companies nearly doubled their workforces during the past two years- from 5,991 to 11,631 employees. Combined revenues grew 160 percent from $1,895,126,673 to almost $5 billion during the same period. 

Our very own NBC Bay Area, Anchor and reporter Scott McGrew will be speaking at the event. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the awards program which recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their business and communities. Business leaders have beem selected by a panel of independent judges and Award winners will be announced at a special gala.

When: Friday, June 24

Where: The Fairmont San Jose Hotel 

Time: 5:30 Reception l 6:30pm Dinner & Awards

For more information, please click here. 

<![CDATA[Fremont 4th of July Parade]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:56:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/IMG_1007.jpg

The Fremont 4th of July Parade celebrates our country's Independence Day. Enjoy decorative floats, live music, delicious foods, booming fireworks and much more. Show off your American spirit and celebrate this holiday with your community and loved ones.

When: Monday July 4

Time: 10am 

Where: Paseo Padre Parade Route, Fremont

For more information, please click here

<![CDATA[APPENDIX, an art exhibition at the Pacific Heritage Museum]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:46:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/APPENDIX.jpg

Appendix is an art exhibition by Erina C Alejo and Diana Li, fellows of Asian American Artists Association's Emerging Curators Program. Showcasing work from ten emerging Asian American women and queer artists, the artists exhibition activates personal and intimate narratives of mental and historical trauma, while bravely reclaiming and empowering intergenerational memories as part of the world we live in today.
Within the human body and the body of a book, the appendix is considered extraneous. This is not unlike thepersonal and historical trauma buried in cultural memories. In lucid moments of stress or pain, this organ and itsunread cultural histories push their way into significance, carrying weight on an overlooked past, present and future.Revisit these moments at Appendix with the visceral and interactive poetry of Shelley Kuang, connect to the past withthe fleshdeeppaintings of Mariela Montero and see what it means to heal with PRESENT, a video installation by CeliTamayoLee.
Revisit these moments at Appendix with the visceral and interactive poetry of Shelley Kuang, connect to the past with the flesh deep paintings of Mariela Montero and see what it means to heal with PRESENT, a video installation by Celi Tamayo Lee. 

Appendix is an art exhibition by Erina C Alejo and Diana Li, fellows of Asian American Artists Association's Emerging Curators Program. Showcasing work from ten emerging Asian American women and queer artists, the artists exhibition activates personal and intimate narratives of mental and historical trauma, while bravely reclaiming and empowering intergenerational memories as part of the world we live in today.

When: Saturday, May 28- Saturday, July 9

Where: Pacific Heritage Museum, SF

Gallery Hours: Thursdays- Saturdays from 10am-4pm

For more information, please click here.

<![CDATA[Dog Day Afternoon & Cook-Out]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:23:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/dogday.gif

The second annual Dog Day Afternoon and Cook-Out presents an outdoor-cook-out along with drinks and take-home treats. Additionally:


  • Puparrazzi Photo Booth: Commemorate the occasion with a photo of you and your pet.
  • Small Companions Corner: Meet some of the shelter's smaller companies
  • Pet Play: Fun and games for Fido.
  • Pet Boutique: Pet-related items from the local artisans.
  • Temporary Tattoo Artist: Temporary tattoos for both kids and adults.
  • Live Music: Enjoy the sounds of talented singer/ songwriter John Vicino
  • Raffle Prizes and more!


Marin Humane Society is in partnership with this event and a portion of the proceeds will go towards helping out more animals in your community. Marin Humane Society offers refuge, rehabilitation and support services to more than 10,000 domestic animals and wildlife each year. 

Where: Cavallo Point Lodge

When: Sunday, June 26 from 12PM to 4PM

For more information about this event, please click here.

<![CDATA[13th Annual SCORES Charity Tournament Kick Off]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:47:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/165*120/SCORES+Cup+2016.png

The 13th Annual SCORES Cup is a corporate charity soccer tournament that raises money for youth soccer, poetry, and community service-learning programs for over 1,300 students at 50 underserved public schools in San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City, San Rafael, and San Jose. America SCORES is a San Francisco based non-profit which, in 2016, celebrates 15 years delivering innovative youth development programs. SCORES programs provide life-changing positive experiences for kids in low-income communities.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Who: Bay Area companies whose employees come together to raise funds for a great cause.
Where: Crocker Amazon Soccer Complex, San Francisco

<![CDATA[Alameda County Fair's "Spirit of Summer" ]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:34:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/223*120/Alameda-Counerety-Fair.jpg

Come and celebrate the “Spirit of Summer” at Alameda County Fair with 4th of July Fireworks, the Big O Tires Concert Series and Action Sports Arena shows, June 15 through July 4.

Be sure to check out this year’s action sports shows featuring Monster Trucks, Demolition Derby and Extreme Rodeo. A different show will be featured each weekend in addition to Extreme Freestyle Motocross shows daily.

The Big O Tires Concert Series proudly presents Kool & The Gang, Thursday, June 30, along with other great shows nightly: Tony! Toni! Tone!, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Joe Nichols, Tower of Power, Great White, Smash Mouth, LeAnn Rimes, The Guess Who, Crystal Gayle and more.

All attractions are FREE with admission. Fair is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, Tuesday through Sunday each week, plus Monday the 4th of July. 

For more information, visit the Fair’s website

<![CDATA[Frameline40-SF International LGBTQ Film Festival ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 16:37:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/53163.jpg

San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of over 63,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well- attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area.

FRAMELINE40 is a competitive film festival with cash prizes attached to each of our Audience Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. Frameline40 also has juried awards for Outstanding First Feature ad Outstanding Documentary Feature. 

When: June 16-26

Showings at all 5 venues: Castro Theater, Victoria Theater in SF, Landmark Theaters Piedmont in Oakland and the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley.

For more information about show times and tickets, please click here.

<![CDATA[Soy & Tofu Festival at Saint Mary's Cathedral Event Center ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 16:43:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*148/FUN-mascots+hugging.jpg

Soy and Tofu Festival has arrived this weekend June 4, 2016 at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Come cheer on the finalist for this year’s dessert competition where festival goers can even sample creations as an audience judge. At the 6th Annual Soy & Tofu Festival, you can expect fun for the whole family from Tiny Tofu Town to audience participation games like ToFun and Tofu Eating Contests that offers some exciting fun for everyone. Food vendors include Kikkoman, Nakayoshi Young Professionals, San Jose Tofu, SoyJoy, Morinaga, Megumi Natto, Moffle Waffle, Rawsheed Native Fusion and Veggie Tandoor. Food Truck includes Kokio Republic. Come discover the joy of eating soy!

2016 Performance Lineup:


  • San Jose Taiko
  • Murasaki Ensemble Trio
  • Cynthia Lin and the Blue Moon All Stars
  • The College Fund Street Band
  • Curt Yagi and the People Standing Behind Me
  • Crywolffs


To purchase tickets, click here

<![CDATA[San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 16:07:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/230*120/5316.jpg

The celebrated San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival returns to the Palace of Fine Arts in June for three weekends of awe-inspiring performances from more than 20 world cultures, including 12 World Premieres and two North American Premieres. 

Parangal Dance Company presents Kopyan chi Biyeg (rituals and traditions of life), which indigenous cultural dance from the rugged Cordillera Mountain Range in Northern Luzon. For the Ga'dang and Kalinga people, these dances and rituals pay homage to the gods, connect with the spirit world and honor traditions on Earth. 

When: June 4-5 (Parangal Dance Company)

Time: Sat. 2 & 8 PM, Sun. 4 PM

Where: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in SF

For tickets and more information, please click here

<![CDATA[Rotary Club of San Jose Centennial Firework Show ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:56:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/14581521605_6bb2b1c744_o.jpg

Join the Rotary Club of San Jose and Symphony Silicon Valley in celebrating Independence Day at the Discovery Meadow! A free, world-class firework show will begin at approximately 9pm in Downtown, San Jose. There will be a free Symphony Summer Pops music starts at 5:30pm for those who would like to stop by earlier to reserve a spot for the show. The Rotary Club San Jose celebrates their 102nd year and a new century of service when they light up the sky during July 4th weekend. To enter the meadow area, you can access it between the museum and W. San Carlos Street will be open to the public. This is a free, family-friendly event provided to the community to celebrate in one of the most traditional ways.

<![CDATA[Norcal Lupus 5K Run & Walk ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:44:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000017413579_1200x675_696152131635.jpg

Together, we’re stronger than lupus. The Lupus Foundation of Northern California invites you to find the cure when you participate in the 5K Run & Walk on Sunday, June 12, 2016. This 5K Run & Walk for Lupus isn't just Northern California's largest lupus awareness event, it is your chance to stand up and be counted for yourself, your friends, your family and anyone who is affected by lupus. It is your chance to be inspired, to be entertained, and to be rewarded for everything you do put us on the map. Walk to end lupus helps raise money for lupus research, educational programs, and increase awareness by rallying public support. When you register to walk or run, you are helping those who are suffering become one step closer to finding a solution to end lupus. Sign up today!

When: Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 9 am
Where: West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

For more info, click here

<![CDATA[Music in the Park: Los Lobos Kicks off Concert Series]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:29:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000017413577_1200x675_696151107670.jpg

 Music in the Park returns with three-time Grammy Award-winning musicians Los Lobos to star as the first concert series in downtown San Jose on June 24, 2016. This is San Jose’s ultimate downtown outdoor live music festival. The series has been on the comeback trail since being revived in 2013 and last year seemed to draw a good mix of downtown workers, residents and families to three shows at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The 5:30 p.m. show at Plaza de Cesar Chavez will be opened by South Bay blues guitarist Maxx Cabello, Jr., and stay tuned for announcements about the remaining three shows in the series. Advance tickets are available for $10. Los Lobos is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and nortenos. Over three decades, their raw intensity garnered three Grammys and legions of fans. Maxx Cabello, Jr. has opened for Earth, Wind, and Fire, John Lee Hooker and BB King.

<![CDATA[2016 Kiwanis Danville 4th of July Parade: Honoring Vietnam Veterans]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:50:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/201544554_2.jpg

Come and kick off your July 4th weekend with a parade that has drawn over 40,000 to 50,000 attendees each year including local community residents, friends and family from areas far beyond Danville. The 2016 Kiwanis Danville July 4th Parade is scheduled to start at 9:00am at the corner of Hartz Avenue and Railroad Avenue, continues down Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard, then ends at the corner of Sycamore Valley Road. Come and enjoy a festive celebration filled with bands playing live music, flourishing floats, and the parade route is lined with banners with flag wavers marching with excitement! 

In 1975, members of the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley have organized and conducted the parade. Each year since they have kept the tradition alive and continue to raise funds through parade sponsorships, entry fees, and community service projects to be donated to local community service organizations within the San Ramon Valley.

<![CDATA[The Valor Games Far West ]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 14:46:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Valor-Games-Far-West4-1050x700.jpg

The Valor Games Far West is a sports competition for Veterans and active duty service members who have a disability and eligible for VA healthcare. From June 3rd to the 6th disabled Veterans and service members can learn adaptive sports techniques to compete on the Coast Guard Island in Alameda, CA. This year’s sports competition include: cycling, power lifting, archery, indoor rowing, biathlon, paratriathlon, and even swimming! 

The local organizing committee is Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association has provided sport and recreation opportunities to individuals with physical disabilities in the region for more than 40 years. Seven Paralympic Sport Clubs will manage the competitions each day and meet the Veterans in their communities, engaging them for future opportunities to be active throughout the year. The event is designed to be a catalyst for this interaction and ongoing athlete development. 

Local performing artists who are current or former veteran’s will be providing their unique talents to this event: Some of the talent to be featured at Valor Games Far West will include: 

Lisa Daggs, Recording Artist/Radio Talk Show Host
Tony Savo, DJ
Wally Stoddard Band, Rhythm and Blues Band
Vince West, Recording Artist
Paul Damon, Recording Artist
Urquhart Memorial Community Band
Jimmy James Band
Devil Mountain Chorus

To learn more about the sports being offered, the athlete registration process and volunteer opportunities, please visit here

<![CDATA[San Jose Giant Race]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 10:39:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/517SJ+Photo2+copy.jpg

Come and support the 5th annual San Jose Giants Race which will benefit the Giants Community Fund and the Junior Giants program. The 5 mile & 5k scenic courses tour Kelley Park, Happy Hollow Zoo, and Historic San Jose before finishing on the field at Municipal Stadium.

All participants receive a shirt, finisher medal and free San Jose Giants baseball ticket. During registration, you will also have the opportunity to pledge $30 to allow an at-risk youth to participate in the 5K. 

When: Saturday June 4 @7:30am

Where: Municipal Stadium- Home of the SJ Giants

For more information, please click here. 

<![CDATA[14th Annual HCCNC Five Star Aloha Gala ]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 14:32:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/IMG_8504Cropped.JPG

Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (HCCNC) Aloha Gala coming May 31, 2016! This is HCCNC’s signature event honoring individuals who share their talents to improve the community and spread the Spirit of Aloha in Hawaii and beyond. This year’s Five Star Aloha Gala includes many talented chefs who are preparing delicious food stations, enjoy the live Hawaiian music along with complimentary wine and beer! Come experience a fun and festive reception that also serves as a fundraiser to help Hawaii students attend Bay Area colleges.

This year HCCNC will be honoring University of Hawaii’s Women’s Volleyball Coach Dave Shoji, he has been the coach with this program for 41 years while bringing two national championships to Hawaii. His efforts has created a nationally recognized program and helped many obtain their educational goals with many of his players going on to receive All American Honors. On this night, HCCNC will commemorate Coach Shoji as a member of the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame. 

Tickets: $150/per individual
For more info, click here

<![CDATA[Pints for Paws]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 10:38:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/170*120/p4p%5B1%5D.png

Come to the 3rd Annual Pints for Paws event and sample a selection of 80+ craft beers from 20+ craft breweries and have a great time while benefiting Berkeley Humane. Meet small, local craft brewers, cider makers and artisanal wine makers and sample a wide mix of unique brews. Don't miss a great range of food from trucks and vendors. Enjoy live music and bring your crowd-friendly dogs (harnessed and leashed, of course!)

Pints for Paws is one of the only beer festivals in the country which 100% of the money raised will go directly to Berkeley Humane to save the lives of dogs and cats in the East Bay. This even promises to bring together the beer and animal lover communities. 

When: Saturday June 4 from 2pm- 5pm

Where: Berkeley Humane

For more information, please click here.

<![CDATA[SFUSD's Inaugural Spark Gala ]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 14:36:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SFUSD15_051.jpg

Join us on May 18, 2016 for The Inaugural Spark Gala, an event that will bring together our community—from civic and business leaders and local philanthropist, to our educators and parents—to recognize and honor distinguished principals and teachers who are innovating towards equity in their schools and classrooms, and applauding our visionary partners committed to accelerating achievement and ensuring success of every SFUSD student to realize their unique SPARK.

The Spark Gala is SFUSD’s and Spark SF Public School’s, the district’s newly formed nonprofit, celebration that brings together our community—from civic and business leaders and local philanthropists, to our educators and parents—to celebrate and recognize the Mayor’s Teacher and Principal of the Year, a tradition that celebrates and acknowledges outstanding San Francisco public school educators and leaders for their dedication and work on behalf of our City’s young people. 

In addition to celebrating our outstanding San Francisco educators and leaders, we come together to applaud you and our broader ecosystem of visionary partners who have joined together to truly transform education in this city, empowering our public school system to become an engine for growth and change throughout San Francisco.

This is a seminal moment in the city of San Francisco. How we prepare our students will have an impact on the community members they become. Investing in their success—as a district and as a city—will be reflected back to us for generations to come.


Event Details: 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Palace Hotel
VIP Reception 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Registration and Award Showcase: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cocktail Attire

<![CDATA[Exodus From The Jungle & Right 2 Dream Too At J-town FilmFest]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 14:00:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/%28FB+graphic+5x4%29+Exodus+%28v1.0%29.png

San Jose J-Town Film Fest premieres in only three days! This event is a celebration of the vibrant multi-ethnic community in San Jose, the countdown to the film festival showcase begins on May 20, 2016. This two day film festival is located on JTS Northside Community Center in San Jose. On May 22nd, be sure to catch the Exodus From The Jungle and Right 2 Dream Too. Come see these special 25 minute documentary shorts about the destruction of San Jose’s homeless encampment site “The Jungle”. Exodus From the Jungle shows the very real human side of this national issue confronting the increasing problem of homelessness right here in Silicon Valley, one of the richest counties in the country. In Right 2 Dream Too an eye-opening experience to the services and housing provided to homeless population in Portland, Oregon.


INDIVIDUAL FILMS $10 in advance ($12 walk-in)
Saturday night FILM+RECEPTION COMBO* $25 in advance ($30 walk-in)
RECEPTION ONLY $20 in advance ($25 walk-in)

JTS Northside Community Center
488 N 6th St, San Jose, CA 95112

When: May 20-22, 2016

<![CDATA[Livermore Valley Film Festival ]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 16:51:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/LVFF_Hills1-Small.jpg

The Livermore Valley Film Festival offers additional film categories for narrative, documentary, student, and social/ health/ environmental issues. Auxiliary events are planned, such as discussion panels, workshops and awards. The festival will also include 48-hour Filmmakers Crush Competition in which teams will make a short film based on a science-centric theme. 

The new festival will provide an opportunity to present new, independent films in a community where film festivals are currently not offered. The goals of the event are to promote independent film, science and art in the region, and to enhance the visibility and profile of the community, while encouraging creative thought. 

When: Friday May, 13-15 

Where: Bankhead Theater, Livermore

Fore more infomormation, please click here

<![CDATA[JDRF Hope Gala Annual Fundraiser]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 13:30:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/gala-auction-photo-for-website1.jpg

The Hope Gala is JDRF’s most high profile networking opportunity and most successful annual fundraiser in the Greater Bay Area. Join NBC’s Sam Brock and Telemundo’s Gabriela Dellan at this black tie event on May 21, 2016. The event includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, presentation of the Living & Giving Award, a gourmet dinner, dancing, and the YLC After Party. With over 400 attendees, the Hope Gala is a fun and inspirational event that offers supporters the opportunity to be socially conscious community leaders who help turn Type One into Type None. 

Each year, the Living and Giving Award is presented to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to JDRF. The 2016 Honoree, Chara Schreyer, was selected for her extraordinary support of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. More than thirty years ago, Chara’s daughter Justine was diagnosed with T1D at the age of four. Since then, Chara has been dedicated to accelerating the pace of life-changing research for all those affected by T1D. She is president of Kadima Foundation which also contributes to JDRF and funded the Justine K. Schreyer Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research at the UCSF Diabetes Center and the Justine Kathryn Schreyer Diabetes Care Center at UCSF.

Learn more by clicking here 

<![CDATA[Fremont Burgers & Brew Invites You To Celebrate]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 16:22:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/236*120/7752664.png

On Saturday, May 21st, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Fremont Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Fremont Burger & Brew Fest! The event is free to attend, but if you would like to participate in the beer sampling, there will be a fee. This Burger & Brew Fest tasting glasses are a full 5oz (much larger than most festivals). That means for $35 you get a whopping 50oz of beer! Purchase your B&B Tasting Package now for an even better price! From now until May 15th snatch up your B&B Tasting Package for just $30. We all know a good beer isn't complete without a good burger, so we've partnered with the following restaurants and food trucks to bring you a wide selection of incredible local eats. As if good food and drinks weren't enough to get you to come out, Fremont B&B is also providing live entertainment! Don’t hesitate and purchase your tickets now!

When: May 21, 2016
Time: 11am-6pm
Location: Fremont

Learn more by clicking here

<![CDATA[Join the Maker Movement at Bay Area Maker Faire 2016]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 15:25:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/Maker_Faire_Bay_Area_2015_-_MegaBot_-_Photo_by_Bec-737834659922.jpg

Ticket purchases are now available for the highly anticipated Bay Area Maker Faire on May 20-22, 2016! Tell your fans, friends, and family to visit you at the 11th annual Maker Faire where participants will be celebrating a decade of making and spreading the word. With over 2,000 maker spaces, there’s an unlimited about of innovation all in one place for you to see. This event is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

This is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind experience!

Learn more by clicking here 

<![CDATA[2nd Annual J-Town FilmFest]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 14:54:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/247*120/Untitfilmled.jpg

San Jose J-Town FilmFest has announced the twelve films that will be screened on Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22, 2016. This festival is executive produced by Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS) in partnership with J-Town Community TV, Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) and the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI). Each screening will include a post-show program that will feature filmmakers, cast members or other special guests. 

A special highlight will be the showing of “The Wash” and recognition of its screenwriter Philip Gotanda. The renowned playwright has brought diverse and important images of Asian Americans to the forefront with a long list of plays, films and writings. Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS) will honor his achievements with their first ever IMAGE HERO Award. The screening of “The Wash,” filmed in San Jose’s Japantown in 1988, will be followed by a reception.

Friday and Saturday offerings will be at the Northside Community Center, 488 N. 6th Street, San Jose, while Sunday’s films will be shown at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. 5th Street, and Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. 5th Street.


Films and times are:

Friday: Awesome Asian Bad Guys – 7:00 pm, K-Town Cowboys – 9:00 pm. 

Saturday: Top Spin – 11:00 am, Among B-Boys – 1:00 pm, Right of Passage – 2:30 pm, The Wash – 5:00 pm, Man From Reno – 8:30 pm.

Sunday at JAMsj: Digging to Chinatown – 11:00 am, Hafu, 12:30 pm, Resistance at Tule Lake – 2:00 pm. 

Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church: Exodus from the Jungle plus Right 2 Dream Too – 1:30 pm

<![CDATA[Adopt a Rose for Mother's Day ]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 17:25:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*183/MothersDayWebGraphic2015.png

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy's Adopt-a Rose program includes a personalized plaque in the rose garden and a very attractive gift package containing:

  • potpourri from the Heritage Rose Garden
  • chocolate from Schurra's Fine Confections 
  • a bar of scented soap from Renee's Handmade Soap
  • a gift card for one free long-stem red rose a month from Citti's Florist. 

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy will package these items for you, along with a card announcing the rose adoption, in a beautiful box. This special gift package is available for $60 (or $50 with NO package) and includes the plaque with a personal message for mom installed next to her rose for a full year. 

Gift packages will be available for pick up Monday through Friday at the Visitor and Education Center at 438 Coleman Avenue. 

For more information, please click here or call (408) 298-7657 

<![CDATA[Growing up Asian in America Winners]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:45:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*124/APAAAAA.jpg

Every year, almost one thousand Bay Area students in grades kindergarten through 12 submit artwork, essays, poems and videos on a single theme, competing for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Asian Pacific Fund started the signature program in 1995 as one of the largest youth celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the nation. It encourages young Asian Americans to take pride in their identities, and helps others understand the varied experiences of our youth growing up in the Bay Area’s diverse communities.

The Asian Pacific Fund is a non-profit community foundation dedicated to strengthening the Bay Area’s Asian and Pacific Islander community. We raise funds and distribute grants to more than 70 non-profit organizations that serve our most vulnerable community members. Growing Up Asian in America is one of our signature programs that gives our youth an opportunity to express what it means to grow up as part of this multi-faceted community and celebrate who they are and where they come from in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month. It also raises awareness of the issues that our youth are grappling with as they navigate growing up both Asian and American.

This year we had over 600 entries from students from throughout the Bay Area, and we are giving away more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. To commemorate the summer Olympics, this year’s theme asked youth to share who they would honor with a gold medal. The entries we received truly reflected the Olympic spirit and gave us a chance to cheer on and celebrate the stories and legacies of students’ personal heroes.

Check out the winning entries by clicking here

To view album artwork, click here

<![CDATA[Food Bank of 2016 Goes to Alameda County Community Food Bank!]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:04:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/alameda-county-food-bank-warriors.jpg

It is with our sincerest gratitude to our contributors, volunteers, partner agencies, and entire Alameda County community that we announce Alameda County Community Food Bank has been named Feeding America’s 2016 Food Bank of the Year! Congratulations to Alameda County Community Food Bank for receiving recognition for its nutrition policies, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) outreach, innovative partnerships and its commitment to advocacy and community engagement. Feeding America is a network of 200 food banks that provides food and groceries to more than 46 million people each year through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. The food bank’s advocacy team has been named to the Feeding America Advocacy Hall of Fame for three consecutive years, due to its efforts to protect federal nutrition programs. It was also cited for its innovative partnerships with the city of Oakland, local school districts, libraries and county social service agencies. New programs developed by the food bank have been embraced as state-wide tactics to expand meal programs.

“The Alameda County Community Food Bank is a highly collaborative organization that shares best practices, tactics and ideas with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. They actively participate in committees at the national office, present at our conferences throughout the year, and generously mentor other food banks,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. 

It is a huge honor to be named Feeding America’s 2016 Food Bank of the Year! Thanks again Alameda County Community Food Bank for feeding our community and the continued partnership in our pursuit of a hunger-free community.

To learn more, click here 

<![CDATA[Chinese "Life Enrichment" Graduation]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 15:05:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/dfdfdfsdfsdfer354.JPG

Celebrate the Life Enrichment Graduation of the Chinese Body, Mind & Soul Campaign with Chinatown Public Health Center, San Francisco Department of Public Health and San Francisco Evangelical Free Church. On Monday, May 9, 2016, The Life Enrichment Graduation Ceremony at San Francisco Evangelical Free Church will be honoring the special graduates for their continued learning in “Life Enrichment”. With the help of the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Chinese Project, Chinatown Public Health Center, and the San Francisco Evangelical Free Church sponsored a Free 9 month series of weekly Life Enrichment Workshops from September 2015 to May 2016. The Life Enrichment Workshops are part of the Chinese Body, Mind & Soul campaign. These workshops have 3 components: Yijin exercise, nutrition education, food tastings and life enrichment talks with topics that address cultural and mental health issues. This graduation ceremony will celebrate the newly acquired nutrition and physical activity knowledge and behavioral changes the students have made.

“Life Enrichment” is a series of free weekly workshops of the Chinese Body, Mind & Soul Campaign. These weekly workshops are designed to meet the needs of low-income Chinese immigrants who face challenges adapting to their new environments in the U.S. The “Life Enrichment” classes include Yijin exercises, nutrition education, food tastings and life enrichment talks with topics that address cultural and mental health issues. Workshop participants are empowered with nine skills where they learn to: choose a healthy plate; eat a balanced meal plan; read food labels; consume more fruits and vegetables; choose healthy drinks and snacks; healthy cooking skills; portion control; and how to increase physical activity.


San Francisco Evangelical Free Church
756 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Time: 1:30-2:30pm

<![CDATA[Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival in Santa Rosa]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:34:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/222*120/Matsuri+photo+2.jpg

Sonoma County Matsuri Festival is here on Saturday, May 7, 2016. From 11am to 5pm you can find wonderful Japanese art showcases including: art exhibits, clothing, food, origami, crafts, drumming, folk dancing, music, martial arts, and more! There’s free admission to the festival for all to enjoy. The location is at Juilliard Park in SOFA Arts District Downtown, Santa Rosa. Since its beginning in 2011, the festival has grown to become recognized as one of the signature cultural festivals in the North Bay. The goal is to offer deep insights into Japanese culture, increasing the participation of Bay Area artisans, artists, and performers of authentic Japanese traditional arts.

"We are very pleased to continue offering traditional and authentic Japanese culture first-hand in Sonoma County," says Henry Kaku, Sonoma Matsuri Board President. Kaku states, "This year, we are excited to welcome new food vendors and a new performing arts group. The festival is growing, thanks to the community's strong support."

As a prelude to the festival, Sonoma County Matsuri will offer a special evening concert Haru no Yo: Shakuhachi Music for Spring Evening by Grand Master Riley Lee, a highly acclaimed shakuhachi player on Friday, May 6 at 7pm. It will be held at the Church of One Tree in Santa Rosa. Ticket are $15 advance sale and $20 at the door.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will be donated to the relief efforts in a five-year commemoration of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. This event is organized by Sonoma County Matsuri and partially funded through the City of Santa Rosa's Community Promotions Funding. Sponsors include Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Japan Foundation Los Angeles, Julia L. Grant Donor Advised Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County, Exchange Bank - Sebastopol, and many other supporters.


Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time:11:00am - 5:00pm

Location:Juilliard Park in the SOFA Arts District
227 Santa Rosa Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost:Free admission

Question and Information:

<![CDATA[The 27th Annual Salute to Youth Gala and Benefit Auction]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:17:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/587030a4-0b53-4719-abdfdfdf4a-1a148ff29bca-large.jpeg

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland presents Salute to Youth on May 5th, a benefit gala that provides guests with the opportunity to network with local businesses and civic leaders. With your help, the silent live auction will help raise necessary funds to sustain the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland throughout 2016. The benefit gala will be at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland from 6:00pm-9:30pm. This event will honor the 2016 Youth of the Year Jaelyn A. Murry!

The purpose of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland is to develop our community’s youth into the positive contributors to society. To accomplish the purpose, programs and services are tailored to the needs of today’s youth.

To attend or contribute please RSVP:
Contact Federico Pacheco 1510-444-8211 x 12

To learn, click here

<![CDATA['I Am Completely Innocent': Former 49ers Player Dana Stubblefield Says He Did Not Rape Disabled Woman]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 11:20:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000016984397_1200x675_678596675521.jpg Attorneys for former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield fired back Tuesday against allegations that the NFL star raped a disabled woman, calling the charges "absolutely ridiculous" and saying Stubblefield's accuser was motivated by money. Stephanie Chuang reports.]]> <![CDATA[Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist Kim Komenich Talks About His Photos Taken During the Philippine Revolution 30-Years Later]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 16:16:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/077_861239_ortigas_nuns.JPG

Kim Komenich, pulitzer prize winning photojournalist and assistant professor at San Francisco State University, talked about his book, Revolution Revisited, a compilation of his photos taken in the Philippines which document the fall of the Ferdinand Marcos regime and the rise of "People Power" in 1986.

In honor of the anniversary, Komenich has published 1,000 collector-quality books of his photos, including an introduction written by investigative journalist Sheila Coronel.

To learn more about Revolution Revisited, curator Kim Komenich, as well as how to purchase a copy of his book, click here.

Photo Credit: Kim Komenich / San Francisco Examiner]]>
<![CDATA[Oakland Boys & Girls Club Benefit Gala ]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:57:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/learn-play-event_760.png

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland presents Salute to Youth on May 5th, a benefit gala that provides guests with the opportunity to network with local businesses and civic leaders. With your help, the silent live auction will help raise necessary funds to sustain the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland throughout 2016. The benefit gala will be at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland from 6:00pm-9:30pm. This event will honor the 2016 Youth of the Year Jaelyn A. Murry! 

The purpose of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland is to develop our community’s youth into the positive contributors to society. To accomplish the purpose, programs and services are tailored to the needs of today’s youth. 

To attend or contribute please RSVP:
Contact Federico Pacheco 1510-444-8211 x 12

To learn, click here

<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honorees : Nicole Castro, Johnllen Crisostomo & Kevin Torion]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:27:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/3434343423dfcsdf.jpg

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (ACCI) is proud to honor Nicole Castro, Johnllen Crisostomo & Kevin Torion!

College students Nicole Castro, Kevin Torion, and Johnllen Crisostomo were recognized as leaders of a movement to name their school after Filipino-Americans—a first for any school in the United States. The former “Alvarado Middle School” in Union City was renamed “Itliong- Vera Cruz Middle School” on December 18, 2015, to honor Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, two Filipino-American leaders who organized for farmworkers rights in California.

<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honoree: Rich Saito]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:04:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/11.3.15+Whaley1.JPG

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (ACCI) is proud to honor Rich Saito!

Rich is a former San Jose Police officer who tries to live up to the Japanese value “kyoko” or “public service”. Since Rich retired in 2006, he went back to being a Reserve Officer and continues to serve the City of San Jose as a volunteer Peace Officer. As a peace officer, he is a contact person for any public safety questions or concerns. He is constantly serving San Jose’s Japantown through community and cultural work. He is a docent at the Japanese American Museum of San Joseand also donates his time for the City of San Jose’s Office of Emergency Services providing communication services and disaster preparedness education to the local community.

<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honorees : Van-Anh Vanessa Vo]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:45:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/whlny-413_25108221975_o.jpg

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (ACCI) is proud to honor Van-Anh Vanessa Vo!

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is a performer and composer of Vietnamese traditional music. She has dedicated her life to creating music by blending the wonderfully unique sounds of Vietnamese instruments and bringing Vietnamese traditional music to a wider audience, allowing her to preserve her cultural legacy through teaching. Every year, Van-Anh conducts workshops at a national leadership conference for emerging young leaders in the Vietnamese American community. She partners with many local nonprofits and educational institutions to bring concerts to underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also lent her talents to documentaries that highlight communities’ issues.

<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honoree: Dr. Helen Lei, Ph.D]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:35:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/IMG122112_0001.jpeg

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (ACCI) is proud to honor Dr. Helen Lei, Ph.D!

Dr. Helen Lei is a Clinical Psychologist at Asian Americans for Community Involvement, where she has  more than 25 years of clinical experience. Dr. Lei provides services in English and Chinese, including diagnostic assessment, treatment planning, ongoing therapy, short-term counseling for individuals, children and adults, couples and families in the community. Dr. Lei has strong collaboration skills in working with school and community mental health agenciesto set up parenting education and workshops for local school districts.

<![CDATA[ACCI Asian Pacific Heritage Month Honorees]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:42:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/292*120/1361-10-1600x657-Asian-Pacific-CSIL-website-hero-graphic.jpg

As May approaches, each day will recognize, honor, and celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage.  To celebrate generations of history and tradition, the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) will be highlighting special individuals who have made a significant contribution in their community. 

It’s not uncommon for Asians and other minorities to feel uncomfortable seeking and receiving services due to language and cultural barriers. The team of multicultural and multilingual professionals at AACI works to bridge these gaps through an array of services and programs in health, recovery, advocacy, shelter and community. AACI is Santa Clara County’s largest community-based organization focused on Asian Americans in the community. For 40 years, our services have provided critical support and we continue to grow to provide culturally accessible services, not only for Asian Americans but for all. 

During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, ACCI is proud to honor the following: Dr. Helen Lei, Ph.D a Clinical Psychologist at ACCI, Vietnamese music performer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, local San Jose Police officer Rich Saito, and a team of college students named Nicole Castro, Johnllen Crisostomo & Kevin Torion.

<![CDATA[The 8th Annual Vision of Hope Races]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:45:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/297*120/fdgfdfgdfgdfgdf45656.jpg

Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope invites you to our 8th Annual Day at the Races at Golden Gate Fields on May 16, 2015! This year’s event will include the exciting Silent Auction with specialty baskets for sports fans and gourmet dinners, fine wines and some interesting and unique trips --the Main Giants Raffle (need not be present to win) with Giants owner’s tickets, a $200 restaurant package and a $100 Nordstrom’s Shopping Spree!

Vision of Hope is looking forward to setting new records for both attendance and benefits for the children in our eight inner-city Vision of Hope schools. Students from our local schools (St. Elizabeth, St. James, and St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception) will welcome you. Enjoy the Breakfast and Lunch Buffet and get comfortable before the first race around 11:00am.The Sisters hope to see you there!

For information or tickets:
call 510-533- 5768 or visit www.visionofhope.org

<![CDATA[Downtown Farmers' Market Season Begins]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:19:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/FMKTbyDanielGarcia.jpg

The Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market, presented by Kaiser Permanente, opens for its 24th season along San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets. The market offers more than fresh-picked fruits and vegetables direct from California growers. Opening day, for example, features live music and Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) chef demonstrations and recipe tastes.

Besides fresh fruit and veggies, the Downtown Farmers' Market offers artisan booths for unique gifts, cut flowers and gourmet foods, such as smoked fish, olives, breads and Kettle Korn. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a nice Friday for lunch, activities, people-watching and shopping. 

When: Every Friday from 10 am- 2pm

Where: Located in San Jose between St. John and Santa Clara streets

Admission: Free and open to public

For more information, please click here

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Gives You 24 Hours to Donate]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 13:52:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/Webcvfvfvsite-Banner.png

On May 3, 2016, Silicon Valley Gives hosts a 24 hour online event to help raise money for local nonprofits in the Bay Area. Improve your local community by simply donating to make a difference. Every donation will connect donors to charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to get involved. Your support helps Silicon Valley Gives to impact the Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, and San Benito communities for the better. One of the pillars of SVCF’s mission is to strengthen the common good locally. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by SVCF with the help of sponsors, will offer thousands of nonprofits the chance to raise millions of dollars.

Click here to learn more

To view photos of SVGives, click here

<![CDATA[Ao Dai Festival]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:11:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/421AoDai.jpg

The Ao Dai Festival, a multi-dimensional experience celebrating Vietnamese art and culture returns to downtown San Jose. Dancers and stilt walkers dressed in the traditional Ao Dai and scores of musicians and drummers ignite the festivities in a spectacular pre-show outdoor ceremony against a tapestry of colored flags and red silk banners.

When: Sunday, May 15

Time: 4:30- 8:30pm

Where: Fairmont San Jose 

For more information, please click here. 

<![CDATA[Kimochi 45th Anniversary and Spirit Awards]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:10:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/Kimochi+Odori+Class.JPG

The 45th Anniversary along with the Kimochi Spirit Awards will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco. Join Robert Handa and the Master Storyteller duo Brenda Wong Aoki and Winning Composer Mark Izu as they present the true tale of an interracial marriage with the white daughter of an archdeacon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The duo performed an excerpt of their story on NBC’s Asian Pacific America segment that can be viewed here.

Since 1971, Kimochi has provided culturally sensitive, Japanese language-based programs and services to 3,000 Bay Area seniors and their families each year. Services include transportation; referral and outreach services; health and consumer education seminars; healthy aging and senior center activities; social services; congregate and home delivered meals; in-home support services; adult social day care; 24-hour residential and respite care. Kimochi continues the Japanese tradition of care and support for seniors.

Click here to learn more

<![CDATA[The 39th Annual Nikkei Matsuri in San Jose Japantown]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:36:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/Nikkei+Matsu45344ri+%282%29.jpg

The 39th Annual San Jose Japanese American Cultural Festival Nikkei Matsuri is on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Join them as the Japanese American community comes together to celebrate Japanese heritage and culture. The festival promises to be vibrant, dynamic, and full of fun! The ever popular Yu Ai Kai Nihonmachi Run will begin at 9am. Taiko drummers from San Jose Taiko will bring the beat at 9:15 am where the Opening ceremony will commence on the outdoor stage in front of the San Jose Buddhist Betsuin on 5th Street. Live entertainment is to be expected on two stages all throughout the day. Check out the traditional art exhibits and demonstrations such as Koto music by Marimo-Kai, Judo demonstraton by San Jose Buddhist Judo Club, Tsugaru Shamisen by Kyle Abbott of Bachido, and more! 

All are welcome to this event to enjoy the food, culture, and fun for all ages. All festivities will take place on Jackson Street between Fourth and Sixth Street.  This event is open and free for all. Nikkei Matsuri is made possible with the support of the City of San Jose Cultural Affairs, Union Bank, Bright Green San Jose, NHK World and Nikkei West newspaper.