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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.

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

Assist Florida Keys marine researchers

July 10, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Ocean No Comments →

FLORIDA KEYS – Divers and snorkelers who want to ramp up their fish identification skills can assist Florida Keys marine researchers year-round gathering data on fish diversity and population trends — an initiative inspired by the Great Annual Fish Count, an eco-event traditionally staged on reefs around the world during July.

Divers and snorkelers often turn a hobby of fish-watching into organized fishcounting dives individually or through a dive club to join local dive shops for special fish ID excursions.

Resource managers and policy makers use this helpful data to help assess reefs’ condition and their ability to sustain fish and marine life. More than 181,000 surveys have already been submitted for research, according to the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, who sponsors the GAFC.

REEF is to present a free introductory fish ID class Wednesday, July 23, at the organization’s headquarters at mile marker 98.3 in Key Largo. This is a great opportunity for divers to learn fish identification skills, get more information on REEF programs and prepare to do an actual survey dive. To participate, call 305-852-0030 or visit

A GAFC morning dive event is planned Saturday, July 26, with Ocean Divers, located at 522 Caribbean Drive in Key Largo. Fish identification and marine survey materials will be provided to use, and REEF marine conservation interns will assist with fish ID during the two-tank dive. To join the event, visit or call 800-451-1113. Fish survey participants receive a special discount.

Divers are encouraged to conduct fish count surveys year-round, since collected reef fish data is aggregated with counts from around the world and has been used by local and national agencies to develop management plans for coral reef resources in the islands of the Florida Keys, Caribbean, Hawaii and North Pacific.

For more information: or 305-852-0030
Florida Keys diving:
Florida Keys visitor information: or 1-800-FLA-KEYS

Adam Lapierre Yoga

July 05, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Yoga No Comments →

Adam Lapierre – This teacher does Yoga on the Labyrinth and Yoga Flow…. he has a devoted following.

After a 3 week hiatus due to Teacher Training and Independence day, Yoga for Beginners is BACK (and still Free!) on Friday from 3-4 PM. I’m also thrilled to lead Basics & Beyond on Sunday from 11-1PM (Sliding Scale $8-$18). These are perfect classes for Beginners and experienced practitioners looking to refine their practice.

If you’re in the mood for a strong, dynamic flow experience, please don’t forget that the Hour of Power classes I get to lead on Tues/Thurs/Fri from 5-6PM are still just $10.

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The Tech After Hours

July 01, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events No Comments →

After Hours…

is the monthly themed event where adults only can enjoy science, technology, entertainment and cocktails together with their friends. Each month provides an exclusive and fun setting of music, games, hands-on exhibits with something unique to discover. Enjoy giant games like 4-foot tall Jenga-style blocks, over-sized chess, and giant Four-in-a-Row.The museum takes on a different mood at night. You can explore the entire museum with other kid-minded adults. You don’t want to miss this exclusive nighttime fun setting of music, giant games, hands-on exhibits, and more! Learn about science and technology, or just relax and have fun with your friends!

The theme changes every month, so take  a look on the website! There is now wine tasting on the roof at after hours – the fee is $12.  The ticket price to get into the TECH is $9, there are also group rates…… AND it is free if you go during your birth month!

Celebrate your birthday at The Tech Museum’s After Hours event! If your birthday occurs in the month of this After Hours event, get in FREE! Just show your ID and YOU get in for FREE! (Please bring a valid ID)! Thursday July 3 2014- 7:00 pm to 11:59 pm

The TECH website

The TECH location

Fireworks and Getting there!

July 01, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

4th of July weekend

As of 9 p.m. July 2, northbound traffic on I-280 will be diverted to Highway 101 through the city.

The connector from 280 to 101 will be closed, as will on-ramps at Indiana/25th streets and 18th Street and off-ramps at Cesar Chavez, Mariposa, Sixth and King streets.

The Giants have two home games during the closure. The first is 7:15 p.m. July 2, and the second at 12:45 p.m. July 3.

So much happening this weekend… be prepared if you can … take mass transit, BART, Trains, Car Pool (at least you’ll have someone to talk to!)

If you are looking for a place to watch fireworks:

San Jose Giants, Municipal Stadium at 588 E. Alma Ave. Show begins immediately after the game against the Stockton Ports.
Great America in Santa Clara. Current and past military members will be admitted free (with proper ID) and their guest will be admitted at a discount.
• Discovery Meadows, at 9:30
Cupertino High School. Fireworks will be visible from Creekside Park, 10455 Miller Ave., Wilson Park, 19784 Wintergreen Dr., and Portal Park, 10225 N. Portal Ave.
Gilroy High School, 750 W. Tenth St.
Milpitas Sports Center football field, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.
Morgan Hill Community Park, 17575 Peak Ave.
Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View.
Almaden Lake Park Fun Festival, 15652 Almaden Expressway.
Central Park Pavilion, 909 Kiely Blvd., in Santa Clara.
Best Places to watch Fireworks in SFYelp has a list (click on the link)



Local Fun: Petaluma

June 30, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Bike riding, Corporate Green, Events, Food No Comments →

We love this place, it is close to SF and perfect for a summer time long weekend:
try out eateries and get the feel by just walking around, but don’t miss
Tall Toad Music Even if you’re not a musician, there is so much here and instruments to try out. 43 Petaluma Blvd. N.; 707/765-6807 Nice T-shirts too, especially if you are partial to frogs!
Cow Girl Cremery Your taste buds will thank you, my cousins had me bring it to them in LA, before we shared it with SoCal! There are Tours $30; reservations required; Foundry Wharf, 419 First St.; 866/433-7834
Mystic Theatre and McNears Funny, Funky and Fun. If you love music or sports, the memorabilia is fantastic. There is food and music – check the schedule it’s  next to Tall Toad. (from $12; 23 Petaluma Blvd. N.; 707/765-2121).
Della Fattoria  Breads, pastries, coffee, a happy community feel here. On the main drag… eat outside, have a sandwich.
McEvoy Ranch  Olive Oil, local, beloved place, 80 acres of olives.  Check the website for a store locator  – you can find the oil at Sur la Table. Definately worthy of a taste or a few dozens!  Nan McEvoy loves both the tuscan olives and this amazing ranch. If you can’t get to the Ranch for an event, try an olive themed book:  The Feast of the Olive by Maggie Klein

Try a walk along the river too, there are sweet small restaurants and the larger Apple Box (224 B St) for breakfast/lunch, snacks and relaxing. There is often live music outside on the decks next to the river.

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Other Events & Directions:
From San Francisco, take U.S. 101 north to the E. Washington St. exit. Head west on Washington, then make a left on Petaluma Blvd. to reach downtown. You can pick up a walking-tour map at the very helpful visitor center in the Historic Depot Building (210 Lakeville St./State 116; or 877/273-8258)

Various events at the Theatre Square Plaza Second St Petaluma, CA Phone: 707-283-5555  Summer Music – check the visitor’s schedule.

The annual quilt show, gums up the streets with traffic for several days in August. If you don’t like quilts, homespun or art fairs, you might want to avoid Petaluma then….. however,  I love this fair and it is great fun!!

New Art, Recycled Art, Found Art, Great Art

June 29, 2014 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Green Art No Comments →

Pancakes and Booze was a resounding success in SF last weekend. It is a great event full of artists and their art. You get a chance to talk, understand and buy their amazing creations right then and there.

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Facebook : Jennifer Clifford Art + Design


We fell in love with this artist’s work, all beautiful using mixed media and great graphics.