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Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration
Year of the Ram
Happy Lunar New Year! Join ABC7 News Anchor Kristen Sze to ring in the Year of the Ram at Redwood City's Courthouse Square.
This 5th annual FREE festival will feature lion dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, martial artists, taiko drummers, as well as Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, Emmy-winning Vietnamese musician.
The San Mateo County History Museum will also offer FREE admission!
The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asian heritage, often celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods, and displays of festive decorations - all focused on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the imminent arrival of spring.
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City
Center for Asian American Media
Get your tickets for CAAMFest, and experience the nation's largest showcase of Asian American and Asian films!
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is thrilled to announce that CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, will take place March 12-22, 2015, in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Rebranded in 2013 to reflect the Festival's expanded ventures into the music and culinary worlds, CAAMFest is an 11-day celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world's most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.
CAAMFest showcases the work of new Asian and Asian American artists and pays tribute to the pioneers who have paved the way for Asian Americans in media and entertainment. From film visionary Arthur Dong, to hip-hop enthusiast Awkwafina to a myriad of talented artists, CAAMFest 2015 truly demonstrates the strength of Asian American voices in media today.
CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit www.caamedia.org.
Tickets start at $12.
March 12 to 22
Various venues in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland
"Art Inspiring Hope: Moulin Rouge"
Mark your calendar for the Art Inspiring Hope Gala! Join Cheryl Jennings and Dan Noyes at the elegant, Paris-themed party! Proceeds benefit Okizu, helping families affected by childhood cancer.
Okizu's 21st annual signature black tie event features gourmet food and drink, lively auctions, and entertainment. Funds raised will go directly to Okizu which provides peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreational programs for all members of families affected by childhood cancer.
The word "Okizu" comes from the Sioux language and means "To Unify, To Come Together as One." Each Summer, hundreds of children are able to do just that while at Camp Okizu. They come together through laughter, play, hugs, song, tears, even more laughter, love, and the shared experience of childhood cancer in their lives. One special night each year, we too are able to come together as members of the Okizu family in support of Okizu and the unconditional acceptance and support it provides.
Each dollar raised at Art Inspiring Hope goes directly to support a child's summer camp experience. Because of our minimal administrative costs and our generous all-volunteer camp staff during the Summer, the funds we raise on this special night can be earmarked solely for camp operations. It is our goal to raise enough to send campers to both the oncology and siblings camp programs.
Tickets start at $275.
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Silent Auction, Dinner/Program follows.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco
Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) Conference
"One Life One Legacy: Making the Most of You"
Join the ABC7 News team and register today for the premier conference for women in business! The PBWC 26th Annual Conference will have inspiring speakers, interactive learning, purposeful networking to help women achieve their ambitions both personally and professionally.
The 2015 PBWC Conference line-up of keynote speakers includes:
Soledad O'Brien - Award-Winning Journalist, Documentarian and News Anchor, Soledad O'Brien is the recipient of three Emmy awards, two Peabody awards and NAACP President's Award. She is one of Newsweek's "10 People Who Make America Great," People's "50 Most Beautiful People," and the National Association of Black Journalists' "Journalist of the Year."
Leymah Gbowee - Founder and President of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women's rights advocate. Leymah led the 2003 Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell.
Sallie Krawcheck - Chairwoman of Ellevate Network, Sallie Krawcheck was recently named number 9 on Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People 2014" list, as well as one of "10 Up and Coming Leaders to Watch" by Entrepreneur Magazine. She has been listed as one of Forbes' and Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" in business and U.S. Banker's top "Woman to Watch."
Carolyn Buck Luce - Co-Founder and Executive-in-Residence of Center for Talent Innovation, Carol Buck Luce is a gifted strategist and teacher who has spent her career building highly effective businesses and teams. She has been a leader concurrently in both the private and public/non-profit sectors for the last four decades.
U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier - Representing the 14th District of California, Congresswoman Speier formerly served as a California State Senator, where she authored groundbreaking legislation in health care, privacy, consumer protection, child welfare, education, and prison reform. She founded PBWC in 1989.
The Professional BusinessWomen of California exists to provide skill development and networking opportunities, as well as the inspiration and motivation to encourage women at all levels to achieve their ambitions in professional settings.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Moscone Center West, 800 Howard Street, San Francisco
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