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Music & Market Series
City of Concord
Dan Ashley's rock band, PUSH, will also perform at the Music & Market Series in Downtown Concord at Todos Santos Plaza!
Farmers' Market 4-8 p.m., Music 6:30-8 p.m.
Thursday, July 31
Todos Santos Plaza, Concord
(925) 671-CITY (2489)
Apollo 11 Anniversary
Join ABC7's Wayne Freedman and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin at Splashdown '45, and celebrate the 45th anniversary of our first steps on the moon! It's an all-day festival at the U.S.S. Hornet Museum in Alameda.
This ever-popular festival, which also commemorates the daring, safe recovery of the astronauts and their command module by the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet CVS-12, will take place Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, followed by an evening reception from 6:00pm-10:30 pm. All events will take place onboard the aircraft carrier.
Special guest speakers include Apollo 11 astronaut and best-selling author, Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to walk on the moon. Aldrin will be available to sign copies of his acclaimed book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration. Festival guests will also have an opportunity to meet Aldrin and other significant guests during the USS Hornet Museum's VIP cocktail reception and dinner in the evening.
While this year's one-day event will again celebrate the various sciences and technologies connected with past space exploration programs - particularly Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo in the "space race to the moon" during the 1960's - representatives from NASA and other private companies will also join Buzz Aldrin in discussing upcoming U.S. space exploration plans for missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond. In addition, numerous other Bay Area organizations will showcase important space-related artifacts and youth activities.
Proceeds from Splashdown 45 will help fund further development of the U.S.S. Hornet Museum's community outreach activities, such as its youth education program, merit badges for Scout programs, and more.
Admission to Daytime Event (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) $30 General, $10 Youth 5-17, Free for Under 5. Museum members have discounted admission. Dinner Package (gourmet buffet dinner only) and Moonwalker Package (Day & Evening Events +Gifts) are available for purchase in advance.
Saturday, July 26
U.S.S. Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda
Radio Day By the Bay
California Historical Radio Society
Explore Radio Day By the Bay at two venues in Alameda! Enjoy live music, a live radio play, auction, and a giant flea market of vintage electronics.
At The Kofman Auditorium (2200 Central Avenue): a live vintage radio and Hi-Fi auction with guest auctioneer Peter Finch (KGO-AM) and Mike Adams, live music by Golden Gate Radio Orchestra, a live radio play by the Broadcast Legends: "The Lone Ranger - The Telltale Bullet," and Ben Fong-Torres with the 2014 Class of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.
At CHRS Radio Central (2152 Central Avenue): The auction preview (starting at 9 a.m.), popular Doggie Caf (barbecue), CHRS bake sale, CHRS museum store, and the giant electronics flea market.
Master of Ceremonies is Mr. Alameda, KCBS morning news anchor, Stan Bunger. It's a benefit for the California Historical Radio Society, with the Bay Area Radio Museum, Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, and Society of Wireless Pioneers.
Admission is FREE.
Saturday, July 26 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
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 70 world-class films from 18 countries. 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 first and still the largest of its kind, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues to present the very best in independent Jewish cinema-offering a full complement of films, festivities, special discussion programs and international guests-that highlight more than 5770 years of culture.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the world's oldest and largest Jewish film festival is proudly celebrating its 34th anniversary. SFJFF's mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the Jewish people, provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience, and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes. The SFJFF's signature summer Film Festival, monthly screenings, youth mentorship program (New Jewish Filmmaking Project), publications, and online resources have made SFJFF a leader in the use of media arts to foster cultural understanding. Annually attracting more than 33,000 filmgoers, the SFJFF is world-renowned for the diversity and breadth of its audiences and films.
July 24 to August 10
Multiple Bay Area Venues:
San Francisco: Castro Theatre, Rayko Photo Center
Berkeley: California Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theater
Oakland: Grand Lake Theater, New Parkway Theater
Palo Alto: Cinearts Theatre
San Rafael: Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
Jenny Lin Foundation
Join ABC7's Cheryl Jennings for a delightful, FREE Summer Concert featuring our brightest young musicians. The Concert features Jenny Lin Foundation Summer Youth Musicians, with conductors Greg Conway (Symphonic Band), Cary Nasatir (Symphonic Orchestra), and Diana Ryan (Chorus).
The Jenny Lin Foundation was incorporated in 1994 after the tragic and brutal murder of Jenny Lin, a talented and well-loved 14-year-old girl. As a charitable organization, the foundation's mission promotes child safety and youth music education. The foundation sponsors many music and safety events that benefit East Bay communities, including the free youth music camp and concert, scholarships for young musicians, safety awareness education, and more.
Friday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.
Chabot College: Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
Menlo Charity Horse Show
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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 44 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.vistacenter.org.
August 5 to 10 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton
The Mexican Museum & University of San Francisco
Explore an iconic exhibition at University of San Francisco's Rooftop Sculpture Terrace! It's a collaboration of The Mexican Museum and USF's hacher Gallery and Masters in Museum Studies program.
Among the featured artists are Francisco Ziga, Felipe Castaeda, Jos Luis Cuevas, Jorge Duron, and Armando Amaya, most of whom studied at the acclaimed La Esmeralda in Mexico City. Their art presents female archetypes that strongly reference Mesoamerican forms. Also included are sculptures by Manuel Neri, Byron Galvez, and Gunther Gerzso, artists who formed abstract rather than realistic figures. Together, these sculptures offer a survey of 20th century Latin American sculpture that emanates from rich tradition and explores human emotion.
USF's recently-launched Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Museum Studies is designed for entry-level and emerging museum professionals as well as professionals from other fields wishing to pursue a career in the museum field. The program prepares its graduates for positions in leadership in artistic, cultural, educational, and heritage organizations, and for long-term professional growth.
Admission is free.
Through December 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
USF Rooftop Sculpture Terrace
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