South Bay Blue Star Moms Hosting Casino Night to Raise Funds for Troops

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south-bay-blue-star-moms-casino-night-san-joseSouth Bay Blue Star Moms (SBBSM) is holding its 6th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser, on April 20, 2013, to support local veterans and military families, and to raise funds to send care packages to the troops overseas.

Casino Night is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at  The Lodge, 444 W. Alma Ave., in San Jose. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at sbbsmtickets@yahoo.com or at the door.

There will also be a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, at a cost of $20.00 per person. Advanced registration required; contact Carolyn at cwsilberman@yahoo.com.  All participants must be 21 years old or older, ID required; there are no refunds.

To attend the event, please call Cathy Crowder with the SBBSM at (408) 235-9835 or (408) 799-5151. [Read more…]

Five Ways to be a Good Neighbor in February

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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. [Read more…]

Good News To Me: Dec. 28, 2011

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“Good News To Me” is an ongoing feature that highlights good news from the media. If you see some good news, use our contact form to send us the link.

Having cut my teeth in the newspaper business, when people say “there’s only bad news in the paper,” I know it’s simply not true. Today’s Mercury News is a good case in point.Mercury News

Police Officer Raises Money For Family That Lost Home Before Christmas

The front page of the local section features three stories of people giving of themselves for others. Like the story about San Jose Police Officer Christian Camarillo, who was moved to help a family that lost their home in a fire just two days before Christmas. In just the last few days, Camarillo has raised $2,500 from other officers and friends to help the children have the Christmas they lost, and to begin rebuilding their lives. Other people and organizations have also stepped up to help; a list of how to participate accompanies the article. [Read more…]