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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: 35th Anniversary
Jewish Film Institute

Get your tickets now for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival! Experience the dramas, documentaries, and shorts exploring Jewish culture from around the world.
It's the best of modern Jewish cinema, featuring more than 120 screenings to an expected audience of over 35,000. This year's SFJFF highlights a plethora of narrative and documentary features and a variety of short films that are a focused snapshot of world cinema through the Jewish lens.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues to present year after year the very best in independent Jewish cinema-offering a full complement of films, festivities, special discussion programs and international guests that highlight 5775 years of culture.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) has announced a renaming of their year round organization to the Jewish Film Institute to better reflect the cultural initiatives and services they provide, including the world-renowned annual Festival - the first and largest festival of its kind. The repositioning of the institution coincides with the 35th anniversary of the SFJFF, which has evolved from an annual international film festival to a full-service media arts organization that serves audiences worldwide. The SFJFF will retain its name as an annual festival and continue to be the signature program of the Jewish Film Institute.
July 23 to August 9, 2015
Multiple Bay Area Venues:
San Francisco: Castro Theatre
Palo Alto: CinArts Theatre
San Rafael: Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
Berkeley: The California Theatre
Oakland: Lakeside Theater in Oakland Museum, The New Parkway Theater
(415) 621-0523

Menlo Charity Horse Show
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

More than 500 horses and world-class equestrians show off their skills at this annual fundraiser for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VCBVI). Thousands of spectators a day watch the country's top horses and riders in this six-day Olympic-caliber, open-field jumping competition.
Action begins at 8:00 a.m. each show day with classes running simultaneously in three separate rings until approximately 6:00 p.m. This year's event will feature internationally ranked equestrians competing in Olympic style jumping. Entry is $10 per person. Six-day passes are available for $35. Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 are admitted free.
At Menlo we have one Jumper ring and two hunter rings. The hunter ring is where you see the beauty and elegant tradition of riding. From the days of fox hunting, hunters are judged on the manners and style of the competitor. The Jumper ring is all about power and speed where our equine athletes compete over obstacles as big as 5'6" in height and as much as four feet wide. The Olympic sport of Grandprix Show Jumping is something you will not want to miss.
In addition, dozens of vendors will be set up, offering clothing, fine jewelry and items for the home, garden and stable.
For 45 years, Menlo has been home to top show jumping and horse showing in Northern California. The horse show began as a neighborhood event and has grown into a world-class event, earning the honor of being named the "NorCal Horseshow of the Year" for the past seven years. Each year, the event raises hundreds of thousands for the Vista Center.
Founded in 1936 on the conviction that sight loss need never be a barrier to self-reliance, self-esteem, or quality of life, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the primary resource in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties for those with severe loss of vision. The Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired enables clients to achieve their highest potential through programs that promote independence and improve quality of life. For more information about the Vista Center, please visit www.vistsacenter.org.
August 4 to 9 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton
(650) 701-0543

National Night Out: Neighborhood Public Safety Fair
SFPD Central Station

San Francisco Police Department Central District residents are invited to enjoy a family-friendly neighborhood public safety fair in celebration of National Night Out.
Bring the entire family to this community event with fun activities, surprise guests, an earthquake simulator, and important emergency tips. Take this opportunity to meet our first responders and learn how to be safe from crime and disasters!
Supporting agencies include Police Activities League, BART Police, SF Community College Police, SF Park Ranger, SF Fire Department, US Postal Inspection Service, Office of the City Attorney, CHP, DMV, USGS, S.F. SAFE, SFDEM, 311, NERT, SF Public Works, SF Public Utilities Commission, ESIP, CMS, American Red Cross, SF Department of Health, among others.
This National Night Out event is brought to you by SFPD Central Station and the Community Police Advisory Board.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 5-8PM
Sts.Peter & Paul, 680 Filbert Street, San Francisco
(415) 315-2400

Heroes and Helpers Celebrity Golf Tournament
Shop with a Cop Foundation Silicon Valley

Enjoy a day on the greens at the Heroes and Helpers Celebrity Golf Tournament, benefiting the Shop with a Cop Foundation Silicon Valley!
Former NFL players Mervyn Fernandez and Ted Kwalick and other sports celebrities will be joining the competition!
Entry fee is $100, or $380 per team of four. Entry fee includes breakfast, green fee, cart, range balls & BBQ lunch reception. There will be a charge for raffle tickets, mulligans and other golf contests. $40 Award BBQ Luncheon Only Fee.
The Golden State Warriors Championship Trophy will be making a visit! The trophy will be on display from 9AM to 10:30AM for picture taking, and for $20, you may go home with your own 3"x5" photo. All proceeds go to Shop with a Cop Foundation!
Sponsored by Silicon Valley National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers (NAIFA) and Shop with a Cop Foundation Silicon Valley (SWACSV).
Since 2008, SWACSV is an all-volunteer, ethnically-led, non-profit organization. The mission of SWACSV is to provide academic motivation, charitable relief and assistance to children in need (ages 5-12) and to children who have suffered a traumatic crisis due to the loss of a parent from violence or domestic violence in the home. Shop with a Cop's philosophy is to address not only the material needs of low-income, disadvantaged children, but provide a positive interaction with local police officers. To this end, Shop with a Cop uses the proceeds from fund-raising efforts to sponsor two main outreach programs involving committed and caring law enforcement officers and children from our neediest San Jose neighborhoods. It also gives Officers the opportunity to interact with families in a more positive and rewarding environment.
The goal of SWACSV is to foster better relations with the community and to change perceptions, attitudes and stereotypes that children may have towards police. Over the past 7 years, Shop with a Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley has served over 500 children from the San Jose area in both the Holiday shopping spree and "Operation Backpack" events. Beginning in 2008, 10 students participated in the shopping spree, and steadily the number has increased every year, ending 2014 with 75 students who benefited from the shopping spree.
Friday, August 14, 2015, 9AM to 6PM
Los Lagos Golf Course, 2995 Tuers Road, San Jose
(408) 595-7190

Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge
Friends of Faith, Inc.

Lace up your walking shoes to join ABC7's Dan Ashley and Carolyn Tyler for the annual Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge, August 22, at Lake Merritt in Oakland! Proceeds help underserved women with life-saving information and support.
Some of the Bay Area's best-known media women are teaming up with the Friends of Faith Fancher for this event. The 5k walk and fun run around Oakland's Lake Merritt raises funds to help Bay Area women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
The 11th Annual Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge is a 5k Walk/Fun Run for the entire family. The course kicks off at 10 a.m. in the Gazebo adjacent to Children's Fairyland and circles Oakland's scenic Lake Merritt. MCs will be Dan Ashley and Renel, voice of the San Francisco Giants and KIIS-FM personality. Great entertainment will be provided by Total Focus Jazz Band. Awards will be given to top runners and walkers.
Friends of Faith was founded in 1997 by the late Faith Fancher after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. FOF is dedicated to fighting the breast cancer epidemic by providing funds to local organizations offering direct assistance to under-served and under-insured women with breast cancer.
Registration minimum: $45
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lake Merritt, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
(510) 834-4142

"Casablanca Meets Texas Hold 'Em" Dance & Poker Tournament
USS Hornet Museum

Experience a fun evening of music and prizes on the USS Hornet.
Join the USS Hornet Museum as it transforms into Rick's All-American Caf under the evening skies of Casablanca for a unique and intimate evening of fundraising and card playing! A perfect pairing - your date can enjoy the entertainment in the Casablanca Lounge while you play cards, and then get together there when you're done!
Admission: $35 Dance & Casablanca Lounge only; $40 Tournament Entry & Lounge. Cocktail attire requested. The fundraiser, which raises money for the Hornet's flight deck repair and resurfacing, will include live music, dancing, and prizes to the top players.
The USS Hornet Museum, a popular tourist destination in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages. Through field trips and live-aboard experiences, the USS Hornet, which opened as a museum in 1998, offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science, and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark and home of the largest collection of Apollo space mission artifacts on the West Coast, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission is $10 for youths age 7-17 (age 6 and under are free with paying adult); $15 for students with ID, seniors, and military with ID; and $20 for adults..
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 6PM to Midnight
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda
(510) 521-8448

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