Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Everyone is talking about the Northern California Renaissance Faire 2014 Celtic rock concert series. It is by far one of the most celebrated attractions the faire has to offer, so don't miss out.

Reporter, Jim Harrington from the San Jose Mercury touted the rock series in a recent article saying, "There's an added incentive for music fans to attend the Renaissance Faire, which continues on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 12. The Faire hosts its Celtic Rock Concert Series on Saturdays. The remaining shows on the docket are The Wicked Tinkers on Sept. 27, The BlackEyed Dempseys on Oct. 4 and Whiskey and Women on Oct. 11." 

You can read the rest of his article here: http://www.mercurynews.com/music/ci_26586995 

Pirates will invade September 27th and 28th in the "Pirates Invasion" theme weekend at the Northern California Renaissance Faire. If you're ready for an adventure,strap on your boots and grab your swords to fight the swashbuckling pirates.

Wicked Tinkers take the stage on Saturday night starting at 6:00pm. As a one-time promotion this weekend, the Faire is offering a special rate, two tickets for $35, for all those who show their Student I.D. at the box office.

For more information and tickets, visit www.norcalrenfaire.com or call 408.847.FAIR.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pleasanton Harvest Festival Brings Over 24,000 Arts and Crafts to the Alameda Fairgrounds

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival® Original Art and Craft Show is descending upon the Alameda Fairgrounds this weekend, September 19-21, boasting a wide array of unique arts and crafts, exciting entertainment, kids activities, live music, and delicious food.

The Harvest Festival features thousands of handmade arts and crafts, including jewelry, ceramics, blown glass, clothing, art and photography, specialty foods and more. Attendees can browse hundreds of booths, getting purchases personalized and meeting the artists who individually handcrafted each item.

Guests can take a break from the shopping extravaganza to enjoy fabulous live entertainment at the outdoor stage. This year, the Hot Rods Band, will take the Harvest Festival stage for the first time playing classic oldies hits of the 50's and 60's. The Hot Rods Band covers the greatest era of rock and roll and will transport the audience to a time of sock hops, beach parties and cruisin' cars. 

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival® is proud to support the Alameda County Community Food Bank by offering $2 off admission to anyone who brings a monetary donation or non-perishable food items to the show. The Alameda County Community Food Bank serves 1 in 6 residents living throughout Alameda County, including the Tri-Valley.

The Oakley Raiders have been selected once again as the official show charity, and the Harvest Festival will offer the non-profit youth sports organization half of the proceeds from every shopping bag sold. The Oakley Raiders will also host the interactive KidZone, which is an area for children to participate in hands-on arts and crafts. Plus, New York Life will be onsite offering free child ID kits.

The Harvest Festivals were recognized as one of the top 200 craft shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and the Pleasanton show was ranked in the top 100 Fine Craft Fairs by the Art Fair Source Book. The series of festivals, which take place in nine cities across California and Nevada, are the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast.

What:                      The Pleasanton Harvest Festival®
When:                     September 19-21, 2014
Where:                    Alameda County Fairgrounds 
Hours:                     Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 6pm
                                 Sunday: 10 am – 5pm
Tickets:                   Adults: $9, Seniors (62+): $7, Youth (13-17): 
                                $4, Kids 12 & Under: Free 
                                (Tickets valid for re-entry with handstamp)
Info:                        Visit www.harvestfestival.com or 
                                 call 800-346-1212
Press:                     Contact the Larose Group at 650-548-6700 
                                 or email info@prmagic.com 

The Harvest Festivals began 42 years ago in San Francisco as a destination for artists and craftspeople to gather and have a forum to sell their handmade products. Today, the show has grown to encompass ten shows in the state of California and Nevada and still continues its tradition by only featuring handmade arts and crafts made in the United States.  Each exhibitor is subject to a rigid jury process to be selected as a featured artisan, ensuring a rich diversity and high quality of all products sold. Attendees are able to directly interact with the artists, watch crafting demonstrations, and can get many gifts personalized. The Harvest Festivals, owned and managed by Western Exhibitors, are the largest indoor arts and crafts show of its kind on the West Coast.  

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Northern California Renaissance Faire Returns to Casa de Fruta for Five Fun Filled Weekends

Travel back to a time where the arts flourished, people thirsted for knowledge and the awakening of the mind reigned supreme.

The Northern California Renaissance Faire, happening every weekend from September 13th through October 12th at Casa de Fruta, invites all to experience its traditional Village of Willingtown.  Attendees will be transported to the era of Queen Elizabeth I as they watch exotic performances and take part in music and dance from traditional Morris and English Country, to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal.

The Faire is filled with many delightful pleasures and artisan treasures for young and old alike. Visit the Marketplace to see all the master artisans who offer the latest designs and finest hand work in blown glass, keen blades, leather-work, woodwork, jewelry and much more. 

Activities, period-themed rides and performances are offered to entertain any and all age groups. Feast your eyes upon pleasures such as face painting, hair-braiding, comedy shows and fortune tellers.  You might even be challenged to test your accuracy with a bow and arrow or axe throwing game.

Keep an eye out for courageous knights strapped into their heavy suits of armor as they fight for the Queen’s favor during battles of skill and might. Full contact jousting tournaments are performed twice a day in the World Tournament of Champions arena.

Let your creativity run wild by immersing yourself in Renaissance society. Dress the part by renting a costume inside the gates of The Belrose and throw out as many Huzzahs and Aye’s as you can. The Belrose offers authentic Renaissance garments to complement all taste styles and spanning the social status. You can become anyone you want from prim and proper princesses to swashbuckling pirates to colorful gypsies or royalty.

Jovial peasants, men in tights, and gleeful maidens roam the streets while you sip an ale or cider. Not thirsty? Have no fear for you can sink your teeth in a gigantic turkey leg or other delectable foods in this enchanted wonderland.

Advance tickets will be available in August, and anyone who purchases online tickets before September 13th will receive $5 off admission. Children 12 and under will be admitted FREE entrance for all five weekends, and during opening weekend, general ticket pricing is “Two-For-One.”

WHAT:  Northern California Renaissance Faire, A Play Faire Production
WHEN:    Every Saturday and Sunday September 13th- October 12th; Celtic Rock Concert Series every Saturday night - FREE with admission
TIME:    10 am- 6 pm (Celtic Rock Series starts at 6pm on Sat.)
WHERE: Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister, CA
COST:      $25 at the gate; children 12 and under will be admitted FREE the entire run of the Faire. A weekend pass, which covers the admission for one weekend, is $35; A ‘Fairever’ pass, which allows unlimited access all 10 days, is $150. Save $5 off adult tickets for groups of fifteen or more with the promotional code “group”.
INFO:        For more information and tickets, visit www.norcalrenfaire.com or call 408.847.FAIR.
About the Northern California Renaissance Faire:

The Northern California Renaissance Faire is run by Play Faire Productions, a group of self-appointed actors and artisans who took ownership as a collective in 2004.  Many Faire participants have been exciting crowds with their performances for over 35 years, never failing to entertain the masses with their pranks and mischievous behavior.  They are proud to be the only Faire of its kind that is managed by their own performers, presenting an incomparable way to experience the magic of the time period.  Whether you attend for an all encompassing history lesson, or wish to play in the original adult playground, there is no doubt that everyone will have the chance to stretch their imagination…and Find Your Fantasy!   

Friday, August 29, 2014

St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School and Church to Celebrate the Opening of St. Matthew's Hall with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School and the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew in San Mateo will celebrate the opening of its newest building – St. Matthew’s Hall – located at the corner of El Camino Real and Baldwin Avenue with a ceremonial Ribbon Cutting on Sunday, September 7 at 3:30 pm.  The opening of St. Matthew’s Hall is an historic occasion in the life of the School and Church, as it marks the completion of state-of-the-art classroom facilities, a gymnasium, Library, Maker Lab, along with the beautification of the existing property.

The opening of St. Matthew’s Hall completes the second phase of an enhancement and expansion project that began in 2012. The new Early Childhood Center at Charles House – located at the corner of Second Avenue and El Camino Real – opened in September of 2013. This new building will enable St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School to grow enrollment to meet growing demand for their education.  Enrollment will grow each year beginning this school year with two classes each in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Sixth Grade until full enrollment is reached in 2019.  St. Matthew’s has educated students for over sixty years, providing children in Preschool through Eighth Grade an academically enriched education in heart, mind, body, and spirit.  This historic event is the beginning of the church’s celebration of 150 years in San Mateo.  The celebration will continue through 2015.

The Rev. Eric Hinds (650-548-6700) and Head of School Mark McKee (650-342-5436, ext7218) are available for interviews, pictures available upon request. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Solutions14 Conference to Provide In-Depth Education in Today's Accounting Technologies and Small Business Strategies

Today, accountants and small business consultants need to be well versed in more than just basic accounting technologies. Statistics are showing that more small businesses expect a multi-tiered approach to customer relationship management, not just a bookeeper to help with taxes once a year.

The Sleeter Group, an independent company offering various accounting and business solutions, will delve into changes to traditional small business models its annual Solutions14 Conference, happening November 9-12 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Solutions14 is aimed at providing accounting professionals and small business consultants with a wide array of groundbreaking ideas, practices, technologies and information which will empower them to be true experts in their field.

"Changing technologies and new business practices are being introduced each day," noted conference founder Doug Sleeter. "We are seeing numerous changes within the industry and a real desire for consultants to be well equipped in more than just the numbers."

The conference offers over 70 different educational sessions which are categorized into 13 learning tracks, geared toward a particular focus.  A few of those tracks include, "Transforming Your Practice Using Cloud Solutions", "Accounting Firm 3.0: Jump Starting the Next Generation Firm", "How to Unleash Your Marketing Genius", and much more.  

Solutions14 boasts more than 1,000 attendees, speakers and exhibitors, as well as invaluable networking opportunities with colleagues and industry insiders. Participants can take advantage of pre-conference workshops in QuickBooks, Sage and Xero and also have the chance to earn up to 32 CPE credits.

Guests can enjoy keynote speeches from some of the most respected leaders in the accounting industry including Forbes and MSNBC contributor Gene Marks, New York Times bestselling author Susan Solovic, author Randy Johnston and thought leader Doug Sleeter.  

"This conference was designed to educate and inspire today's accounting professionals," said Sleeter. "We are proud of the extraordinary volume of information we provide, and it's all presented in a way that is unbiased and easy to comprehend. Many past attendees surveyed have said that Solutions14 is the one and only accounting conference that they attend each year because it is so comprehensive. " 

Pricing is as low as $690 for first time members and registrants can take advantage of great Early Bird pricing through September 15, 2014. To register, please visit the Solutions Conference website.  To learn more about the Sleeter Group, call 888-484-5484 or check out their website at http://www.sleetergroup.com

About the Sleeter Group:

The Sleeter Group is dedicated to helping accountants and small businesses work together by using the most innovative and tested tools/systems to generate greater efficiencies and higher profits. The company represents an independent view, separate from any particular company or product, and evaluates products and solutions based solely on how they meet the demands of small business owners. In addition, the Sleeter Group runs the Sleeter Group Consultants Network, which is a community comprised of nearly 800 accounting experts who provide consulting services to small and medium sized business owners in accounting software and business process design. For more information on the Sleeter Group, please visit http://www.sleeter.com or follow them on twitter @sleetergroup.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Burlingame on the Avenue Festival Announces Exciting Music and Entertainment Line-Up

Burlingame on the Avenue, formerly known as the Burlingame ArtzFest, has announced the complete music lineup for the 2014 festival, taking place August 16-17 on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame, CA.
This year the musical lineup will consist of 10 bands varying in musical styles such as blues, old school R&B, and classic rock and roll from Bay Area performers, including festival favorite and Burlingame based band, Group Therapy.
“We’re very excited about this year’s Burlingame on the Avenue lineup,” said Georgette Naylor, CEO and president at Burlingame Chamber of Commerce. “We are enthusiastically preparing for this year’s festival performances on our newly renovated avenue.”
In addition to free music, festival goers can enjoy a wide array of vendors, outdoor exhibitions and family-friendly activities. The event will also include a special kid’s area featuring rides, entertainment, interactive games and children's activities.
Burlingame on the Avenue takes place August 16 and 17, 2014 near El Camino Real on the newly renovated Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame, CA.
Burlingame on the Avenue is one of the most highly regarded events on the Peninsula each summer.  It is hosted by the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of convenient public transportation options including Caltrain and SamTrans.
For more information about Burlingame on the Avenue visit BurlingameChamber.org or contact Georgette Naylor at 650-344-1735.

Burlingame on the Avenue 2014 Performance Lineup
Saturday, August 16th

10:15 - 10:45am                      Streets Filled with Talent
11:00 - 1:00pm                        Burlingame Glee & Burlingame Idol Finalists
1:15 - 2:45pm                          Group Therapy
3:00 - 4:15pm                          Exit 11
4:30 - 6:00pm                          California Blues Machine

Sunday, August 17th

10:00 - 10:30am                      Golden Chordsmen
10:45 - 11:15am                      WJM Band
11:30 - 1:00pm                        SF Banjo Band
1:15 - 2:30pm                          Tribal Suns
2:45 - 4:15pm                          Group Therapy
4:30 - 6:00pm                          Chris Marshall Band

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Announcing the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstake Winners

After receiving 5,825 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world and presented by BevMo!, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.

Over 65 professional wine judges, from a myriad of fields that included trade, education, media, retail, and hospitality, traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to contribute their expertise.

Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members). Only eight entries were honored with the prestigious Sweepstake Award in the categories of Sparkling, White, Pink, Red, and Dessert/Specialty wines.

And the 2014 Sweepstake Award winners are:
Sparkling Sweepstake (tie)
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger 2009 Brut Carneros Domaine Carneros $32.00
Korbel Champagne Cellars Brut Rosé California  $11.00
White Sweepstake
Baldacci Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay Carneros-Napa Sorelle $38.00

Pink Sweepstake
Barnard Griffin 2013 Rose of Sangiovese Columbia Valley  $12.00

Red Sweepstake (tie)
3 Steves Winery 2011 Zinfandel Cienega Valley  $31.00
Calcareous Vineyard 2010 Syrah Paso Robles  $40.00

Dessert Sweepstake
Ferrante Winery 2012 Vidal Ice Wine Grand River Valley  $28.99

Label Sweepstake
Predator 2012 Zinfandel Lodi,

Also recognized for extraordinary quality was an extensive list of American award-winning wines, all of which were honored with the Best of Class Awards. Each of the 75 winners were categorized to provide consumers with an easy reference guide to delicious and affordable wines based on insights from industry specialists.  A complete listing of winners in each category can be found under the "Medal Winners" section at www.winejudging.com.

The public will have a chance to taste many of these award winning wines at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting, happening February 15 from 1:30-5pm at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. The event will give wine and food lovers have the opportunity to taste the best of what has been evaluated during the judging process.

The event is typically a sell out, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time.

WHAT:           San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting
WHEN:           Saturday, February 15, 2014
WHERE:         Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
TIME:              1:30pm – 5pm
COST:            $65 Advance Purchase; $80 at the door
INFO:              For tickets and information, visit www.winejudging.com