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San Francisco Decorator Showcase: 3630 Jackson Street
Benefit for University High School

Don't miss the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, on display through Memorial Day! See how top interior and landscape designers have transformed an elegant Julia Morgan home in Presidio Heights. Proceeds from tickets benefit the Financial Aid Program of San Francisco's University High School. (
It is the West Coast's premiere design event. This year's showcase home was designed by famed architect Julia Morgan for Abraham Rosenberg, the "Dried Fruit King," and his wife Alice. Unlike many of its neighboring homes, the structure is concrete, timbered with redwood, set with a graceful side entrance and marked with beautiful Tudor archways and high-peaked gabled roof. The original structure was two and one-half stories; now it is three stories and 9,758 square feet. The home features a spacious reception hall with a dramatic grand balustrade staircase, gumwood paneling and beams, along with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, a large, remodeled kitchen; and a wine room in the lower level. There is substantial natural daylight throughout the home, reflecting Morgan's preference for having interior and exterior spaces relate with one another. The original construction cost was $20,000.
In addition, each Friday, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Showcase will host "Friday Nights at Showcase," a weekly happy hour event with wine and opportunities to meet designers and hear about the latest trends.
For the past 37 years, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase serves as the major fundraiser for financial aid at San Francisco University High School and has celebrated the design talents of more than 1,000 interior designers and landscape architects. University High School is dedicated to providing a stimulating educational environment where young people can grow and excel, and to ensuring that these opportunities not be denied to qualified students because of a lack of financial means.
Through Memorial Day, May 25
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last entry)
Fridays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last entry)
Sundays and Memorial Day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last entry)
Mondays: Closed (except Memorial Day)
3630 Jackson Street, San Francisco
Tickets: $35 General, $30 Seniors (60 and older)
(415) 447-5830
Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC)
Network 2015: "Redefining Bytes & Bites"

Join the ladies of PAAWBAC for a special networking luncheon and meet four rising Asian American women who have defied traditional career paths! The panel of speakers include: Azalina Eusope (Owner & Chef, Azalina's), Lena Kwak (Founder & CEO, Cup4Cup), Lindsey Louie (Blogger; Program Manager, Twitter), and Lisa Lee (Senior Diversity Manager, Pandora).
The Courage to be different; The Talent to change the game. PAAWBAC invites you to Network 2015 to meet these rising stars who dared to take their careers down less expected paths. Hear their views. Be inspired by their stories. And see how their passion will impact their industries and the roles of women! Honorary Co-Chairs of the event are Mayor Edwin Lee and First Lady Anita Lee.
PAAWBAC was founded in 1980 to promote the personal, professional and political development of Asian Pacific Islander women. During its first 25 years, PAAWBAC recognized 101 Woman Warriors for distinguished achievements in their work and contributions to the community. The Monarch Awards were established in 2006 to recognize young API women leaders in the Bay Area who inspire those around them and are making outstanding contributions at a young age.
Proceeds raised from the event will be directed to PAAWBAC's Catalyst Fund Mentorship Program, supporting leadership opportunities for API women. Tickets: $125 Friend, $175 Supporter, Table sponsorships also available.
Thursday, June 4 5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Program
Nordstrom San Francisco Centre, Level N5, 856 Market Street, SF
(415) 341-1223

Bay Area Book Festival
Bring the entire family to the Bay Area Book Festival! It's a free, two-day, indoor-outdoor event with 300 authors on various stages in keynotes, interviews, panels, and performances. Kids ages 12 and younger go home with a free book, courtesy of the East Bay Children's Book Project!
An evening with popular children's author Judy Blume and a keynote by Google's Laszlo Bock are just two of the headliners at the Bay Area Book Festival, June 6-7, 2015 in Berkeley, California. The two-day, free festival will welcome 300 local, national and international authors in 145 keynotes, interviews, panels and performances on indoor and outdoor stages throughout a 10-block radius of downtown Berkeley.
The full list of authors and schedule appears on the festival's website. Highlights include conversations and interviews with Paolo Bacigalupi, Michael Chabon, Peter Coyote, Daniel Handler, Pico Iyer, Kim Stanley Robinson, Rebecca Solnit, and the Icelandic novelist Sjn; Lauren Oliver on the Teen Stage; Mac Barnett regaling the kids on the Children's Stage-and, this being Berkeley, Cal Peternell, head chef at Chez Panisse, on a panel on the joys, perils and practicalities of writing cookbooks.
Festivalgoers also will participate in a dazzling public art installation made entirely of books. The project is called Lacuna, an interactive art installation constructed of 50,000 books donated by the Internet Archive. Lacuna is a work by the FLUX Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to engage people in designing and building large-scale public art as a catalyst for education, collaboration and empowerment. "Lacuna is like a magical temple to books, constructed out of books, that festivalgoers can explore," said Victoria Rojas, the festival's Public Art Manager. As books are removed from Lacuna's walls throughout the weekend, the structure evolves into a unique expression of festivalgoer actions. "It's a wonderfully fun and collaborative project that everyone can participate in.".
Outdoors, the Teen Stage offers 18 presentations over the two days. The large outdoor Children's Arena plays host to the Children's Stage (24 presentations over the weekend) along with 39 exhibitors that promise interactive fun for kids, such as Chronicle Books, Creston Books, East Bay Children's Book Project, and Write Brain World.
Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7, 2015, starts at 10:00 a.m.
Downtown Berkeley Arts District
(510) 350-7882

Dan Ashley Presents:
Rock the CASA

ABC7 News Anchor Dan Ashley invites you to Rock the CASA, an evening of music benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates and Friends of Camp Concord. Experience the legendary rocker Eddie Money, Dan's own band PUSH, and other talented performers. You rock... Kids get help!
Imagine the sadness, confusion, and fear a child feels when removed from his or her home because of abuse or neglect. Through no fault of their own, children are taken away from their families in order to protect their health and welfare. But that process puts innocent young people into a legal system that can be intimidating for adults, never mind a child. But there is a remarkable organization that is there to support and care for children at that frightening time called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The dedicated volunteers of CASA give tirelessly of their time and love to make sure that the children in their care are supported in every way from attending court hearings, to helping with homework, to being a trusted parental figure.
Rock the CASA is a California non-prot public charity founded by ABC7 News Anchor Dan Ashley for the purpose of beneting charitable organizations that serve children in need.
Beneficiaries: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): This important work is a labor of love for CASA volunteers who dedicate countless hours to the benefit of children in crisis. Their volunteerism requires extensive training and support. Friends of Camp Concord: Camp Concord is a magical place. It gives young people one of the most meaningful camp experiences available and does so in one of the most beautiful settings in the world-Lake Tahoe. Through Friends of Camp Concord, kids who otherwise couldn't afford it get the same chance to enjoy a week in the wilderness as anyone else. Every child should have the opportunity to spend a week at a camp like this.
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theatre, Walnut Creek

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