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Marin Open Studios

Discover a treasure trove of creative, local art at the Marin Open Studios!
There is no better way to gain insight about the creative process than visiting an artist's studio. Whether you are a seasoned collector or just curious about art, a conversation with the artist increases your appreciation and appetite for art.
Make plans to visit artist studios during our free, self-guided Open Studios event, which occurs May 6-7 and May 13-14, 2017 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. The program also includes a Gallery exhibition starting mid-April at the Town Center in Corte Madera..
Marin Open Studios is an organization dedicated to helping the visual arts flourish in Marin County. As one of the first open studio programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have a long legacy of connecting artists to the communities where they live and work. We can help you find amazing art, meet the award-winning artists who create it, and show you how to visit them in their studios during our annual Open Studios event in May.
Weekends May 6 to May 14
Various locations in Marin County
(415) 343-5667

3K Walk 4 Healing
1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence

Register today for the 3K Walk 4 Healing to remember victims of homicide and to help families heal.
The Mourning Mothers Walk 4 Healing is a Pre- Mothers' Day walk with a call for action by the community to acknowledge the detrimental impact of violence on victim-survivors and the community. The walk also features testimonials from parents and siblings who have lost children to gun violence, as well as uplifting music from Juan Escoveda & Flo Band and great food!
This event will help survivor cope with grief related stressors by walking and enjoying great company, music and food. Your much needed support helps us to continue ongoing compassionate support and services to this seemingly faceless population.
Says founder Lorrain Taylor: In 2000, I lost both my 22 year old twin sons (at the same time)! "As an alternative to anti-depressants, I began walking and praying at the San Leandro Marina along with another grieving mother; consequently, the Mourning Mothers Walk 4 Healing was born. It took a while, but I am no longer dependent on anti-depressants. Grief is crippling, PSTD is real: Walking helps ease the pain." Lorrain Taylor, Founder/CEO 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence.
Saturday, May 13, 9AM to 2PM
San Leandro Marina
(510) 583-0100

40th Annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase
University High School

Don't miss the 40th Annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase! Explore how top interior and landscape designers have transformed an elegant Pacific Heights mansion!
The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast's premier design showhouse event, renowned for featuring the work of the region's top interior and landscape designers. All the funds raised through the Decorator Showcase go directly to support the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program.
For the past 40 years, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has raised over $15 million to benefit the San Francisco University High School financial aid program. This event allows hundreds of deserving Bay Area students access to a world-class college preparatory education. UHS is committed to building a community that reflects and embraces the great diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area. Almost one quarter of UHS students receive financial aid. The UHS Financial Aid program provides over $2,600,000 in grants annually, with average grants covering 68% of tuition.
Tickets: General Admission ($40), Seniors w/ ID ($35), Students w/ ID ($30)
Through May 29
2698 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
(415) 447-3100

Wishes in Wine Country
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

Join ABC7's Ama Daetz for an elegant day of croquet, food and wine tastings, and a gorgeous sunset dinner in the wine country... All to benefit a fantastic organization helping kids with life-threatening illnesses!
Grand Tasting: 2PM to 5:30PM. Cap off a lovely drive in wine country with a destination event that will please your soul. Wishes in Wine Country starts with a lavish Grand Tasting on the grounds of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, home to Wine & Spirit Magazine'sTop Chardonnay in their annual restaurant poll. You'll get a taste of more than 40 of the best restaurants and wineries in the area, have a chance to play a little croquet on the vineyard's immaculate croquet courts, browse the silent auction or simply while away the afternoon under a cabana. Most of all, you'll have the chance to bring hope, strength and joy to children all throughout the Bay Area who live with life-threatening medical conditions. Tickets are $150.
Sunset Dinner: 5:30PM to 9:30PM. If you want the ultimate Wishes in Wine Country experience, then the Sunset Dinner is for you. You'll start with the Grand Tasting around the croquet lawns at Sonoma-Cutrer, and then stroll up to the winery terrace for a three course dinner featuring locally sourced food and wine pairings from Sonoma-Cutrer. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to bid on incredible vacations, tickets to the hottest live TV shows and other exclusive offerings during our short, spirited live auction. Then cap off the night with dancing under the stars. Tickets start at $300.

100% of proceeds from Wishes in Wine Country benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
Saturday, May 20
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Windsor
(415) 982-9474

Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) Grand Finale Gala
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Enjoy a festive evening of dinner, dancing, and auction at the Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala! Help dedicated community advocates like Victoria Sanchez De Alba fund important research for blood cancers!
As a Woman of the Year candidate, Victoria hopes to give voice and raise awareness to Latino farmworkers exposed to pesticides, its impact, and for the future of cancer research. According to United Farm Workers, people exposed to pesticides working in agricultural fields are at a higher risk of getting cancer. Victoria's mission is to honor her father, Sebastian Sanchez, who worked in the Salinas Valley fields and who lost his life to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Her goal is to raise $50,000... the cost of funding a research lab for one year. The funds raised will go for research to benefit non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that is associated with pesticide exposure.
Each year, in communities across the country, dedicated candidates engage in an exciting competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) "Man & Woman of the Year" titles. Raising funds for LLS blood cancer research the candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar raised counts as one vote and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of 10 weeks. Top local fundraisers become eligible to win the national titles.
Blood cancers are the 3rd largest cancer killer in the U.S., and the largest pediatric cancer killer. Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, and every nine minutes someone dies from a blood cancer. As MWOY candidates, volunteers like Victoria honor the lives of two local blood cancer survivors who are now cancer free, Nomi (13) & James (17). These children are alive and living their dreams because of the research that LLS has funded - research that isn't possible without your help.
On Saturday June 3, 2017, more than 400 guests will attend the Grand Finale Gala to honor the Boy & Girl of the Year and celebrate the achievements of all of the candidates who raised money to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) mission. Joined by their friends, family and other LLS supporters, candidates and guests gather for a festive evening featuring a silent & live auction, cocktails, dinner, dancing and a mission-focused program, culminating in the ultimate honor: the crowning of the Bay Area Man & Woman of the Year.
Saturday, June 3
Fairmont San Francisco
(415) 465-4165

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