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Open Heart Yoga Festival May 2 – 3

April 18, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Yoga No Comments →

The Open Heart Yoga Festival is only 2 weeks away    so excited!!!
Don’t wait… Buy your tickets TODAY at
Also, dig into your giving yoga nature…

SEND Your Love to us in donations $$ —  Time  24/7 —- or Social Media! 

  • Donate to the festival at The festival does not fund itself… We need your help and support.
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  • Post info on Linked In, pictures on Instagram and others.  Let’s get the WORD out!

A BIG THANK YOU in advance!

And dear ones, when you post or tweet or FaceBoook….. use these hashtags below to enhance the search tools to FIND US! We are MANY…. yes we are….. hear us whisper…. namaste! 
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About Open Heart YOGA   Open Heart Yoga — is just what it sounds like! Started with the Yoga program certification of YOGA Teacher Training at College of San Mateo, this group is dedicated to opening our hearts and enjoying health fitness and yoga for students, our community, and our Bay Area. Our students have great training and once they are certified in the 200CYT class, they go out to teach and make the world a better place. WE are amazing, and we are doing good deeds. Come join us! Denaya Dailey is our wonderful teacher.

The Wall that Heals

April 09, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be making its only stop in the Bay Area this weekend when it visits the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

Residents wishing to show appreciation for those who served their country in the Vietnam War can visit the Wall That Heals, which will be on display in San Bruno beginning Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12. On Friday April 10, each person’s name from San Mateo County, who had served and died in the Vietnam war will be  read. 50,300 names are on the wall.  The 107 names that were read were OUR hometown heroes.

Leo McArdle, who is helping coordinate the event, said he hopes thousands of people will come to pay their respects at the wall, which will be on display all day for no charge at 1300 Sneath Lane in San Bruno, CA.

The Wall That Heals is a 250-foot long, and 6-foot tall replica scaled to size and constructed in the shape of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. It will travel to the Los Angeles area after its four day stop in San Bruno at the Golden Gate Cemetery.

“It’s beautiful,” said McArdle. “It’s an exact replica.”




The wall tour is put on by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the nonprofit organization that constructed the wall in Washington, D.C., which hosts more than 4.5 million visitors a year.


Food Hackathon in SF

March 09, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Compost, Corporate Green, Events, Food, Garden /Plants No Comments →

It was the  inaugural session of The Food Business School (FBS), the new center for executive and graduate education at The Culinary Institute of America.  In addition to announcing course details and faculty, the launch signifies a growing urgency to offer solutions to the large-scale global food systems issues we face.

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FBS Executive Director and Dean William Rosenzweig invited Greeneroo to the launch of The Food Business School Friday and the Food Hackathon: Friday, February 27, 2015 with a topic of  “Nutrition for All”. We loved checking out the new and bold ideas. This couldn’t happen at a better time. Making real food a focus for a hungry city and nation, is essential. So many thoughts, the best supper conversation we have had in awhile:

  • Living Walls with food growing for the underserved
  • Better distribution
  • Combining existing tech with start-ups
  •   Taking a second look at problems that have been solved and using scaling to create more good
  • Developing new ways to grow clean food
  • GMOs, seeds, farming, farmers
  • Ways to go from mere discussion to action to implementation

amaranth1This innovative forum occurred at Galvanize, 44 Tehama St., San Francisco which was a suitable and beautiful space for inspired food inspiration and brainstorming.  The crowd was electric with ideas, and ready to be let loose on some thorny problems.  There was problem solving coaching, and encouragement to keep an “open heart” which really resonates. Anytime you mix corporate power, with small business, and struggling foodies, and clean food startups… there could have been fireworks – but it was collaboration instead.

William, an educator, entrepreneur and social venture investor has dedicated his life to finding healthy and sustainable solutions to food and environmental crises. In addition to founding The Republic of Tea, William is professor at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, managing director at Physic Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in socially responsible business, and has been involved in growing companies such as Odwalla, Stonyfield Farms, Revolution Foods, Yummly and many more.

This event and format is highly recommended, you’ll leave feeling inspired and engaged, with Next Steps and “what ifs” in your head. –the editor

Party Like It’s 1915!!

February 19, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food No Comments →

Great events all over the Bay Area!


Panama Pacific International Exposition

New Exhibit:  Wells Fargo Museum  – SF 420 Montgomery focuses on the PPIE too. Saturday Feb 21 — It is COMMUNITY DAY at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF near the Presidio. (I think) There are so many pages and type faces I got lost a few times!! There are many things going on – the celebration starts that day!

Uke-A-Thon! Come celebrate the historic launch of the ukulele’s popularity in the United States. Uke-a-thon is part of the opening festivities for the Centennial Celebration of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. Join in and play where the ‘Uke’ craze began. FEB 21, 3:00PM – 4:30PM • PPIE100

This is at the Oakland Public Library:  (on the BART line) This exhibit is located on the second floor of the Main Library in Oakland, at 125 14th Street, near the Lake Merritt Bart station.

Contact info   (510) 238-3134

Bring your Sweetheart to Filoli Feb 13-14

February 08, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food, Garden /Plants No Comments →

It’s the opening celebration, and there is lots to do. I’ll be in the Children’s craft area, possibly covered with paint and glue, but having a great time! We’d love to see you there!~

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Schedule of Events

From magnolia, camellia, and narcissus blossoms, blooming branches of Daphne, quince, and plums to the many playful buds, this is a revitalizing time in the Filoli Garden. Celebrate the romance of the winter garden this Valentine’s Day weekend by taking a guided camellia walk through our collection of more than 250 exquisite varieties and then share a special lunch in the Café´.

Watch our chef instructor do wonderful things with chocolate, attend an inspiring floral demonstration, or discover the art and history of embroidery then try your hand at it.

Activities for the children, inspired by these gifts of the Garden, are also planned for this special weekend. Unless noted, admission to all activities is FREE for members or with paid admission to Filoli for non–members. Reservations are not necessary. (Regular price admission for non-members is $20, children $10)

Come and share this revitalizing time of year in the Garden with us.

Spring Fling will be coming in March, and their are educational events, walks, wine tasting, tea parties and jazz to enjoy! 2015 will be a busy year.

Show Birds Some Love on Valentine’s Weekend

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

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

NEW YORK (Jan. 21, 2015) —Give Mother Nature a valentine this year and show how much you care about birds by counting them for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The 18th annual count is taking place February 13 through 16.

Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.

Bird watchers fell in love with the magnificent Snowy Owl during the last count when the birds were reported in unprecedented numbers across southeastern Canada, the Great Lakes states, the Northeast and down the Atlantic Coast. Expect Snowy Owls to show up in higher numbers during this year’s GBBC, too.

“It’s called an ‘echo flight,’ explains Marshall Iliff, eBird Project Leader at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “After a huge irruption like we had last winter, the following year often yields higher-than-usual number as well. The abundance of lemmings that produced last year’s Snowy Owl irruption likely continued or emerged in new areas of eastern Canada, more owls may have stayed east after last year’s irruption, and some of last year’s birds that came south are returning.”

“This may also be a big year for finches,” notes Audubon Chief Scientist Gary Langham. “GBBC participants in North America should be on the lookout for larger numbers of Pine Siskins and redpolls. These birds also push farther south when pine cone seed crops fail in the far north of Canada.”

Bird watchers from 135 countries participated in the 2014 count, documenting nearly 4,300 species on more than 144,000 bird checklists. In addition to the U.S. and Canada, India, Australia and Mexico led the way with the greatest number of checklists submitted.

“We especially want to encourage people to share their love of birds and bird watching with someone new this year,” says Dick Cannings at Bird Studies Canada. “Take your sweetheart, a child, a neighbor, or a coworker with you while you count birds for the GBBC. Share your passion and you may fledge a brand new bird watcher!”

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and show some love for the birds this Valentine’s Day. Participation is free and easy. To learn more about how to join the count, download instructions, a slide show, web buttons, and other materials, visit While you’re there, get inspired by the winning photos from the 2014 GBBC photo contest.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

Maria Bamford, Comedian

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


Sounds fun!  FROM: The Stanford Storytelling Project & The ITALIC Program


Maria started her performing arts career in Duluth, Minnesota at the age of 11 where she starred in the Chester Park Elementary production of How the West Was REALLY Won! A short number of decades later and look at her now! Rolling Stone named her one of their 50 Funniest People, and she’s the winner of the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic!

Maria recurred as Debris Bardeaux on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot, for which she was praised as “fantastic” (Entertainment Weekly) a “standout” (TIME) and “perhaps one of the high points of the entire new season” (Black Book Magazine). She also recurred on fX’s critically-praised Louie and Comedy Central’s Kroll Show and can be seen on the new USA sitcom Benched.

She is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: the special special special, one of’s Top 10 Stand-Up Specials of 2012, and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design and was described as a “cold blast of brilliance” by The New Yorker.

Maria is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. She has made numerous late-night appearances, most recently on Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Maria contributes comedic voiceovers for such animations as Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, PBS’s Emmy-winning series

Word Girl, Nickelodeon’s Kung Fu Panda and Legend of Korra, and Fox’s upcoming Golan the Insatiable. She was also a regular voice on Nickelodeon’s CatDog and Back at the Barnyard (in which she reprised the role of Mrs. Beady from the Nick feature Barnyard).

Maria’s writing has been featured in The Onion, GQ and LA Weekly. She can be seen as both herself and her mother in the My Damn Channel web series Ask My Mom. Her latest CD, Ask Me About My New God! is available on Comedy Central Records.

In terms of showbiz, Maria has made it and is swimming in a gravy boat, filled with scrumptious gravy. She lives with two overweight dogs and a fiance in Eagle

Rock, California. Go, Las Tiendas de Llantas!

Monday, January 26, 2015.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free Admission

Drop, Cover, Hold On – Earthquake Drill 10-16

October 09, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Global Understanding No Comments →

Coming to a building near you, or perhaps the buidling YOU work in! 

On Thursday, October 16, at 10:16AM, millions of people worldwide will participate in the 2014 Great California ShakeOut where they will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”.  The intent of the ShakeOut is to give everyone a chance to practice earthquake response, how to immediately protect ourselves in the event of a major earthquake, and to become more prepared.

In our building in SF, we got this email:

Participating in this earthquake drill is voluntary, but we are hoping that this event and drill will encourage earthquake preparedness, awareness, and participation by our tenantsTenants who choose to participate, upon hearing the announcement, will then immediately “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and should stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.  After several minutes, another announcement will be delivered stating that the earthquake drill is over.  Your office may even choose to take things one step further by exercising other aspects of your office’s emergency plan if you wish.

More than twenty years have passed since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.  Major earthquakes can happen anywhere in California so the goal of this drill is to practice immediate response to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

For more information regarding the ShakeOut, please visit

If you would like to learn MORE about Disaster Preparedness, checkthese links on Community Emergency Response Teams — CERT:

Think New! Think UnCharted!

July 15, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

Explore What’s Next 
with Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman, Pulitzer Prize composer John Adams, marriage equality pioneers
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, social psychologist
Claude Steele, author Adam Mansbach and
dozens of other dangerous thinkers

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UNCHARTED: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 

Two Days of Thrilling Discussion, Debate, and Dining
October 24 & 25, 2014
“Early Bird” Tickets Now On Sale

Innovators from the worlds of technology, science, culture, food, arts, politics:
two days of conversations and workshops designed to engage and inspire

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is the Bay Area’s first “ideas festival,” a dynamic two-day public program featuring some of the world’s great thinkers taking on some of the world’s great challenges. The bold exchange of ideas from an extraordinary and varied line-up of speakers, experienced as a series of conversations and interactive workshops, is presented in a festival-style program, combined with exceptional dining and drinking opportunities and exciting Berkeley locations, all delivered at a substantially lower cost than other “idea” conferences. Uncharted, presented by Berkeleyside, happens on October 24 and 25.   **  Tickets are now on sale, with an “early bird” reduced price available for a limited time. **
At Uncharted, new ideas are viewed through the diverse lens of over 40 prominent thinkers representing technology, science, culture, politics, education, economics, the environment, food and all aspects of our lives. There are no “talk-to-you” lectures: at Uncharted stimulating conversations and creative exploration dominate, and participants are encouraged to participate. This interaction goes even further in “Uncharted Lab” sessions when collaborative brainstorming as a group is the format. And attendees are challenged to consider bold provocative new concepts by speakers during “Mind Bomb” presentations.
“Uncharted provides people who are passionately engaged with ideas with an opportunity to engage with some of today’s most provocative, pioneering thinkers,” said Lance Knobel, curator of Uncharted. “The Bay Area has become the world’s leading crucible for important new ideas in so many areas, and Uncharted is the only ideas festival in the region.”
Northern California’s Bay Area is renowned as a hub for creativity and innovation, making it a natural place for an annual gathering of exceptional thinkers who push boundaries and ask questions.

Uncharted, which launched last year and is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news site launched in 2009, grew from Berkeley’s well-known tradition of challenging the status quo while looking toward the future with optimism. Uncharted evolved out of the belief that the most intriguing ideas – and solutions to today’s big challenges – emerge from the collision of different visions and perspectives. The 2014 Festival represents the blossoming of this concept.

“Participating in the inaugural Uncharted last year proved to be a thrilling introduction to Berkeley for a recent transplant from the East Coast,” said Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California Berkeley. “On full display was this incredible ethos of innovation, curiosity and abhorrence for the status quo—the foundational elements of what makes this town and its university so unique. A perusal of this year’s line-up makes it evident that Uncharted is picking up right where it left off; great news for anyone interested in unconventional wisdom.”

The Uncharted Festival takes off in downtown Berkeley’s Arts District on Friday, Oct. 24, and lands that evening at a bash in UC’s exclusive University Club, high atop Memorial Stadium. Sessions resume on Saturday, culminating in the closing session on Sunday afternoon.                  Tickets are now on sale, with an “early bird” special price of $290 available for a limited time. The price includes both days of programming plus Friday evening’s gala. One-day passes are available for $205, also including the gala. To purchase tickets, see the complete list of speakers, and find out more information, please visit                                                        

Charting Uncharted: Fact Sheet

Who is headlining at Uncharted?

  • A few of the speakers include: Nobel laureate in Medicine and Physiology Randy Schekman, composer John Adams, food poverty campaigner Saru Jayaraman, aging expert Laura Carstensen, Go the F*** to Sleep author Adam Mansbach, and marriage equality pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier.
  • See the full speaker list.

What happens at Uncharted?

  • The speaker line-up at Uncharted is carefully curated and diverse, featuring innovators talking about their pioneering work in variety of fields – the environment, food, science and technology, social policy, activism, politics and the arts. Sessions are one-on-one or one-on-two conversations with ample opportunity for audience Q & A.
  • The Uncharted Lab is a series of engaging, interactive workshops and exercises where attendees grapple with questions and search for solutions, orchestrated by Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm.
  •  “Mind Bombs,” similar to TED presentations, are short, sharp injections of provocative ideas.
  • At the Friday evening gala, the halfway point in the Festival’s schedule, events will relax even further taking on a party atmosphere as festival-goers mingle with each other and with speakers at a special gala at the VIP University Club, perched on the highest level of Memorial Stadium. There will be tasty locally sourced food and delicious wine and beer.

What’s on the program at Uncharted?
Here’s a sampling of conversation topics:

  • Science and the open society
  • Robotics in the cloud
  • The colorization of America
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • The lure of social democracy
  • Can art bridge social and political divides?
  • The future of medicine
  • The singularity is further than it appears
  • Will data swallow all our freedom?

What is the vision for Uncharted?

Uncharted aims to be one of the world’s leading ideas festivals along with TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, London’s FutureFest, and Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Uncharted is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news website. One of Berkeleyside’s founders, Lance Knobel, has a wealth of experience organizing some of the world’s major business and political meetings. He was Director of the Program for the renowned World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, and has been responsible for the programs of The New York Forum, the APEC CEO Summit, and The New York Times’ DealBook Conference.
Sponsors for Uncharted include AutodeskClouderaDeYoeWealth Management,Berkeley Repertory Theatre, GreenerPrinterUniversity of California BerkeleyBerkeley Startup ClusterDowntown Berkeley Association, and KQED.

Visit the Uncharted website  ( for  more information and to purchase tickets.
Watch Video from Uncharted 2013 and hear more about the festival.
Follow Uncharted on Facebook; and on Twitter  (@UnchartedIdeas) to keep in touch and for program updates.

Green! 49 Square Catering

July 10, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food No Comments →

IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN…But it sure is worth the effort!  49 Square Catering is proud to announce that we received our Green Business Certification from the city of San Francisco.  Thanks to Brenda for spearheading this monumental effort and bringing us into the green scene.

Look for us at the upcoming ISES (International Special Events Society) Gala and Silent Auction on Tuesday, July 22nd at Cityview at the Metreon.  This is arguably the most aniticipated event of the year for industry professionals.  If you’ve ever attended the ISES Gala you know that each year is more elaborate than the last with great themes, cutting edge decor, dazzling entertainment and great food brought to you by the best of the Bay Area’s catering companies.

49 Square Catering
1760M Cesar Chavez St.
San Francisco, CA  94124