Five Ways to be a Good Neighbor in February


Courtesy of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Ready to show some loving kindness this month? February is the month for both love and kindness. We show our love for those near and dear to us on Valentine’s Day. That same week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, when we’re encouraged to engage in acts of kindness to others in the community.

Here are five ways you can show some kindness to others in the San Francisco Bay Area, or get to know your neighbors a little better by expanding your cultural awareness. Have any more suggestions to add? Share them in the comments section!

1) Celebrate Lunar New Year: The Lunar New Year is Sunday, Feb. 10, ushering in the Year of the Snake. Cultural events are taking place all over the San Francisco Bay Area from Feb. 2 to Feb. 24, with the popular Chinese New Year Parade rolling through downtown San Francisco on Saturday, Feb. 23. A complete calendar for the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is available online. The Stanford-Pan Asian Music Festival is welcoming the new year Feb. 8-10, at the university’s new Bing Concert Hall. Look for other events, including many family-friendly happenings, at local libraries, community centers, and cultural centers. Los Altos Patch has a great list.

2) Check Out a Festival That’s for the Birds: The 17th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival is happening Feb. 8-10 at Mare Island, a former Naval base on a peninsula located near Vallejo. More than 60 walks and guided tours are available to see all the birds and wildlife found there; an art exhibit, silent auction, and other events are also scheduled. This is a unique opportunity to see this important nature preserve up close. See the festival website for more information.

3) Be Kind: As mentioned above, Feb. 11-17 is Random Acts of Kindness Week. This is a great opportunity to be intentional about spreading kindness to others in your community and the world. Commit to performing at least one act of kindness each day, whether small or large. To get you started on kindness ideas, check out our Be Kind: Kindness Ideas Page, or come back to the site that week, when we’ll have new ideas posted each week day.

4) Mark the Day of Remembrance: Every year Japanese Americans observe the Day of Remembrance, commemorating the date of Feb. 19, 1942, when  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the executive order to incarcerate 120,000 Japanese citizens and immigrants during World War II. This year the Bay Area Day of Remembrance event is taking place from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., San Francisco. The program is dedicated to the memory of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who although he represented the State of Hawaii, was considered to represent Japanese Americans by many within the community. Twenty five years ago Inouye fought for passage of The Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which brought an apology from the President to those interred during World War II, and their families. The program is free and open to the public. See the National Japanese Historical Society website for more details.

5) Show Soldiers You Care: The South Bay Blue Star Moms is conducting a donation drive for items to put in care packages to active duty soldiers. All month you can drop off items at the Cupertino Library, 10800 Torre Ave., Cupertino, during library hours. Some of the most requested items include power bars, beef jerky, instant coffee, cocoa, tea, sunflower seeds, nuts, instant oatmeal, tuna in foil packets, DVD movies, music CDs, comic books, crossword puzzles, sunscreen, and lotions. A complete list is available for download at the Blue Star Moms website. The drive goes through March 31.


  1. On Saturday, May 4th, the FIRST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held by Home of Hope, Inc., at the Wente Vineyards Course in Livermore, California. The day is for both very experienced golfers, and people who would love to give the game a try while raising money to educate poor children in need of special attention in India.

    There will be helpers at each hole to keep the day moving forward at a smooth speed, and to keep people’s energy at the best competitive level (after the breakfast and before the late lunch served at the Vineyard), snacks will be provided to players throughout the day!

    Home of Hope has worked children whose lives began in abandoned poverty since 1999. Some are hearing impaired. Others are blind. All have been damaged physically or emotionally, and need extra attention at the schools HOH has funded, and hope the idea of a great place to play golf and reach out to help a child in need is of interest.

    To sign up, go to our website – – or contact Vineet Sharma at 408.568.9398.