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Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards

July 23, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events No Comments →

This year’s shortlist for the Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards is finally out!
If you’re curious about who made it (from more than 300!), the full list is available here:
The winners will be announced at a glamorous awards dinner ceremony in central London
on the 25th of September
The competition is tough, and the list of nominees is very interesting. The categories also make it easy to analyze: Business Strategy Communications Excellence Value Chain Sustainability Internal Engagement Lifetime Achievement Award  Take a look! – the editor


Ethical Corporation’s mission is to help businesses around the globe do the right thing by their customers and the world. We believe this is not only how to guarantee a future for all, but makes good business sense. We serve CSR, compliance, risk and governance communities with topical and insightful business intelligence and meeting places.

We provide business intelligence to more than 3,000 multinational companies every year. Our customers are also NGOs, think-tanks, academia, governments and consultancies. We publish the leading responsible business magazine, website, and research reports. Our conferences are widely recognised as the best in the field.

Ethical Corporation, Registered under FC Business Intelligence in England and Wales – company registered number 4388971 7-9 Fashion Street, London, E1 6PX, UK

2015 National Balloon Classic in Iowa

July 22, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events No Comments →

This looks so wonderful, and it is a favorite event of the locals.   NINE Days of Music, fun, flight! Wow. 

Fun Family Entertainment

2015 National Balloon Classic  

July 24-August 1

Join us during an incredible 9-day event! Live bands/entertainment nightly, Kids Land activities, fabulous food offerings, Nite Glow Extravaganza, Fireworks, and of course spectacular hot air balloons from all over the country including Special Shapes!

Check out this fantastic music video of

The Nadas performing at the National Balloon Classic


Come Join Us   

Join us during an incredible 9-day event! Live bands/entertainment nightly, Kids Land activities, fabulous food offerings, Nite Glow Extravaganza, Fireworks, and of course spectacular hot air balloons from all over the country including Special Shapes!

Check out this fantastic music video of  The Nadas performing at the National Balloon Classic

General Admission (includes parking)

Morning admission                                                       FREE

Evening admission (Ages 6 and over)                          $5

Children (Ages 5 and under)                                        FREE


Spectator Parking and Morning gates open at 5:00 a.m.

Spectator Parking evening Parking opens at 4:00 p.m.

Evening Gates open at 4:30 p.m.


Desserts and Essential Oils

July 12, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Essential Oils, Events, Health and Beauty No Comments →

Make some great, healthy changes. You can change with good oils – switch to Olive Oil in your baking. YES- baking!

Take a look at this video that discusses Converting your Desserts !  (41 mins)

Add essential oils, olive oil, get rid of the fake stuff, add flavor to your creations. “Olive Oil Queen” Micki Sannar talks about loving healthy food, and making great tasting food.  Not only being cool, but cooking cool by paying attention to “smoke point” (look at the video of Chef Ramsey) and increasing the smoke point of essential oils by blending oils.  You DON’T want to ruin the health benefits of such great oils by having them smoke. Staying cooler & paying attention to heat….. yes…. This will allow us to keep the therapeutic benefits.

p.s. the smoke point of Olive Oil is 325- 375 degrees. 

related posts:  How to find good olive oil. EASY! It absorbs into your skin! Harvest date, dark bottle, reputable source…..

Hike San Bruno Mountain — Sat July 11

July 01, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Garden /Plants, Global 3D view, Hike No Comments →

There is lots to do up here! Yes it is windy, but if you come prepared, you’ll love the views of the Bay and SF, the hikes (there are 4) and the ranger talks / walks. There is a wide variety of scenery, and a fairly level walk around the mountain from the parking lot.   This mountain is quite amazing, it is the largest open space district in San Mateo County. The park itself is shared by the county and state.


  1. TAKE A HIKE program Comes to San Bruno Mountain on JULY 11 at 9AM
  2. San Bruno Mountain Watch
  3. BA HIKER – 4 trails on San Bruno Mountain  –Summit, Bog Loop, Saddle Loop and all around.
  4. STATE PARK Information
  5. Read about the endangered species, that calls Twin Peaks and San Bruno Mountain – HOME!
  6. EVENT:   Mission Blue-Berry Pancake Breakfast & Native Plant Sale, Aug9

Adults are $10 and children (12 and under) are $5.
Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Sunday, August 9th
9am to 2pm
Mission Blue Nursery
near 3401 Bayshore Blvd

Our Mission Blue Native Plant Nursery will also be open for plant sales! Plants and pancakes – that’s good!

Fashion for a Cause: Kids and Art event this SUNDAY

June 25, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Green Art, Health and Beauty No Comments →


We hope you are doing well. I’m not sure if I have shared already this with you… 3 fashion designers are launching their line as a benefit to Kids & Art at the Bay Club in Redwood Shores this Sunday June 28 from 5-9pm. Want to pass on the 50% off promo code I have received for this weekends benefit event: Promo Code: FashionForACause

CLICK THE LINK: You can purchase tickets here     We hope you can come out to this Fashion Show – it will be great! We hope you can be there and please do feel free to share the code.


Celebrate life, talent, and fashion while helping a wonderful cause!

Learn more about Kids & Art:

Kids & Art fashion workshop video:

Thanks for your contribution, our organization depends on your generosity,

— Purvi Shah

Founder | Executive Director | Children with cancer making a difference Kids & Art Foundation is a 501(c)3 California non profit organization

Wunderlich Park and Huddart Park

June 24, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events No Comments →

You know you want to . .. . . join us!

These two amazing San Mateo county parks are beloved by one and all. There is so much to do, hike, events, gather for art shows, and other clubs. There is one group that goes all out to provide and watch over these parks, The Friends! The Friends has enriching and fun opportunities for volunteers. Some jobs are seasonal. All training is provided.

Carriage Museum Docent
One Saturday/month
10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Folger Stable School Group Docent
Wednesdays or Fridays 10 a.m.-noon

Huddart Park Nature Hike Docent
Tues. or Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

One meeting/month + committee work
650.851.2660 or e-mail

Board Member
Give us a call!

Give! Without giving a cent

The Friends is now on the lists of both AmazonSmile and eScrip, two companies that give to the organizations of your choice based on your purchases. So without spending an extra penny, you can help the Friends help our parks. Sign up via the company websites and help us sweep that free money off the table. And like us on Facebook for the most up-to-the minute news.


And they have a GREAT Newsletter. Sign up and find out more! 

GRID EDGE Live 2015

June 24, 2015 By: James Avery Category: Energy Saving, Events, Global 3D view No Comments →

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2015) – On Thursday, June 25, a representative from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will speak at Grid Edge Live 2015, an annual event hosted in San Diego by Greentech Media.  The agenda includes utility grid modernization, microgrids, advanced energy consumers, regulatory and business model transformation, future energy trends, and more.

During the event, the Energy Department’s Assistant Secretary for EERE, Dr. David Danielson, will discuss the modernization of the grid in relation to the roles that science and innovation play in developing technologies that will boost American competitiveness, bring cutting-edge solutions to the market, and strengthen our economic prosperity.

Additional details about Grid Edge Live 2015 are included below:


–        David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for EERE, U.S. Department of Energy
–        Moderator: Rick Thompson, President and Co-Founder, Greentech Media


Dr. David Danielson will discuss modernization of the grid in relation to the Energy Department’s role in the research and development of clean, low-carbon energy technology.

Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive
San Diego, CA 92128

The session will be available via Livestream.


–        June 25, 11:0011:30 a.m. PDT

–        Grid Modernization: A Discussion with the U.S. Department of Energy

o   David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for EERE

BART would like to Introduce: BARTable

June 24, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Bike riding, Corporate Green, Energy Saving, Events No Comments →

BART recently launched a new website called “BARTable”. The site is a resource for finding fun activities that are BARTable (that is close to BART stations). Here you will find special discounts, weekly giveaways, a comprehensive events calendar and articlespointing you to unique and award-winning restaurants, the best biking trails near BART, upcoming concerts touring the Bay and more!

This is a great site, and they have ALL KINDS of current information. Haven’t you driven around in traffic enough? So check out BARTable and take the survey.  THANKS BART for letting us know! — the editor

You can also search for venues, events and destinations near BART stations on BARTable’s Explore page.

Please visit BARTable first and take the brief survey below for a chance to win a $100 Clipper card.

Please be sure to visit as many sections of the site as possible.

Survey Link: Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
Thank you!
BART Research Team

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Books, Events No Comments →

Books, Wine Tasting, Bike rides, a nice hike on San Bruno Mountain— what does your father want? What does the Dad in your family want for Father’s Day?  Probably not another tie!?


Books for Dads and Grads? Here are a few suggestions from Eddie Shum.  I think Jim would like a hug and not doing any housework. A hike on San Bruno Mountain would be good. Wine tasting in the  Napa area would also be fun.

We will see what happens……. Happy Father’s Day to all those hard-working, loving DADS!! 

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TdP- Tour de Peninsula

June 20, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Bike riding, Events No Comments →

Look at this great bike event: Sunday August 2, 2015    ***  Coyote Point Park, San Mateo, CA ***

Registration to open in May. If you are not on the email list, complete this form ON THIS WEBSITE to receive all TdP updates.

TdP is a perennial highlight of the Bay Area ride calendar, offering a variety of routes to suit everyone from kids (2 to 6 miles) and first time riders (20-mile) to serious cyclists (31 / 56 / 63-mile options). See here for road closure information during the ride. Based in scenic Coyote Point Park along the bay in San Mateo, it’s easy to hangout after the ride with a picnic lunch, listening to live music and enjoying family activities, including visiting the CuriOdyssey Science and Wildlife Center. Proceeds benefit San Mateo County Parks and San Mateo County Parks Bicycle Sunday.

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