Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sunny San Francisco- Here we come!



Looking for things to do in San Francisco?

Well take it from me, Hubert, that there are TONS of cool places to check out- and here are a few you can't miss!







Golden Gate Park is a large and beautiful park that contains gardens and museums such as the California Academy of Science, the DeYoung Museum, and the Japanese Tea Gardens.  It also hosts TONS of concerts and performances throughout the year, such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the Bay to Breakers race.  On sunday mornings, the streets are closed so people can jog and ride bikes. If anything, just take a day to explore the park, have a picnic with friends, and find the buffalo that live in the park (yes, there are buffalo).


You might think this is a tourist attraction, and it is. However, every time I go to Chinatown, I see something different, and there is ALWAYS something new to explore.  If you are in for some chinese food, this place is where you need to go. I mean, a bubble tea on a sunny weekend? Nothing beats that. Also, if you feel superstitious, jump in and experience a Chinatown Ghost tour- you'll see yet another side of Chinatown!





If you want to go on a shopping streak then this is the place to go.  The BART station itself is connected to the Westfield shopping center, and when you exit the BART station, you will find yourself right in front of a huge lineup for a cable car ride!  There are tons of stores for you to shop along Powell Street (the street with cable cars running on it).  One of the first Uniqlo stores on the west coast is located on Powell Street.  If you keep walking up the street, you will then find yourself in Union Square.  It is surrounded by department stores and shopping malls.  During winter, this is a beautiful place to check out as you will see the famous giant Christmas tree and have a chance to go ice skating with your friends!


This is a must-do because as a CCA student, you get in FREE! Visiting the MOMA is my idea of a relaxing weekend. Across the street is the Jewish Museum and the Museum of African Diaspora. After visiting these museums, if you have time and the weather is nice, you can walk across the street and right onto the lawn at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts.  They have some really cool dance performances worth seeing.  Tired and just want to relax? End your day at the Metreon Cinema where you can get some food in the food court and watch a movie with friends.


Twin Peaks= quality hiking time and an amazing view of San Francisco. In fact, this is the best view in the whole city! Looking over the city, you will get to see everything listed above in one glance.  The view at night is also totally different than the view in the morning.  A tip for you- always bring a jacket with you if you are going up there because it might feel like an oven when you are at the bottom of the mountain.  Getting to the top, it is a whole different story!


There are so many more places to check out in San Francisco- and the great thing about this city is that there is always something to do. New places are just sitting there waiting for you to explore them, so put on your Giants (or 49ers) hat, hop on the muni or BART, and start exploring!!!
Until next time, this is your daily dose of Hubert signing off!


FREE Summer Events in the Bay

SAN FRANCISCO
between Mission & Howard and 3rd & 4th
Various dates, May-October

Stern Grove Festivals 
19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd
Sundays at 2pm, June 19-August 21
 

At various locations in Bernal Heights
August 31-September 4


Farmer's Market at Crocker Galleria

Every Thursday from 11am-3pm Crocker Galleria 
(and Tuesdays 11am-3pm starting June 5th)
(mainly for California Street Residents)

Also, Fun Cheap SF is an excellent resource for free or cheap local events!





OAKLAND
Dancing Under the Stars 
Jacklon Square, at the foot of Broadway 
Friday night dance lessons from 8:30pm to 10pm
June 1: Salsa
June 15: Cha Cha
June 22: Rumba
June 29: Merengue
July 6: East Coast Swing
July 13: Bachatta
July 20: Electric Slide
July 27: West Coast Swing
August 3: Fox Trot
August 10: Night Club Two Step
August 17: Cha Cha
August 24: Hustle
August 31: Salsa 

Temescal Street Cinema
Thursdays at 8:45 pm, June 9-July 14


5300 Claremont Ave
All year round from 9am to 1pm




DOWNTOWN BERKELEY
Saturdays
 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way

SOUTH BERKELEY
Tuesdays
 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Derby Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way

NORTH BERKELEY
Thursdays
 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
All Organic
Shattuck Avenue @ Rose Street

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Winter Break Activities 2013

The end of the semester is here...


You have free time to sleep, eat, and explore the Bay Area! 


For those of you that are traveling home or to new destinations, the ISAP crew wish you safe travels and look forward to seeing you in the Spring Semester.

For the adventurous CCA students that plan on having a "stay-cation", boy do we have a surprise for you!!!!!  Attached is our Winter Newsletter which will show many free (and cheap) events and activities that you can be a part of in the Bay Area~   To find out more about an event, click on it to be directed to the actual page- or go to the Calendar directly. 

Who knows, you might even see one of us there!  


Happy Holidays!



See more information on the





Friday, November 8, 2013

International Education Week 2013

                 International Education Week is here!

November 18-22, 2013

Download the International Education Week Schedule!

This week-long event happens on both campuses, celebrating the diversity of students and cultures and CCA.  For members of the CCA Community, we hope International Education Week will be an opportunity for you to learn something new, discover international opportunities in your program such as studying abroad, which gives you a way of experiencing different cultures.

Since 2000, International Education Week (IEW) has been an annual nationwide celebration that focuses on the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures among students and the wider campus community.

The office of International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP) organizes specific events to celebrate international diversity here at CCA.

More info can be found on the CCA Website by searching 'International Education Week'

Here's an idea of how CCA celebrates IEW:

  • Fall 2013 International Student Exhibition: View Point

  • World Me! Map and Trivia Challenges all week!
  • Study abroad informational sessions.
  • Passport applications- its never too late to start~
  • Create your own Henna patterns.
  • International Movie Nights on both campuses!
  • Learn slang in a different language!
  • See more on the IEW Schedule....
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, email the ISAP office at isap@cca.edu.



Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Diwali!

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Happy Diwali!



Sunday, November 3 is Diwali, the festival of lights.  Diwali is an important Hindu holiday that celebrates the victory of lightness over dark and good over evil. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali which means ‘row of lights’ or ‘row of lanterns.’ During Diwali, people celebrate with their families, eating special foods  and  illuminating their houses with lights  – either candles, lanterns, or electric lights.  
Click here to learn some Diwali greetings and wishes in several major Indian languages.

Although Diwali is not an official holiday in the United States, it is widely celebrated throughout the country, including in the Bay Area. If you would like to attend a Diwali event in the Bay area, here are a couple of the events and festivals around the Bay:

San Francisco Diwali Celebration 2013
Date: Saturday, November 9 (6:00-8:30pm)
Location: 401 Baker St. (at Hayes), San Francisco, CA
Hosted by: Brahma Kumaris - San Francisco (brahmakumaris.org)
Event retrieved from: http://www.deepavali.net/usa.php

Oakland Public Library - Golden Gate Branch Diwali Celebration
Date: Monday, November 4 (6:00-8:00pm)
Location: 5606 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA
Hosted by: Golden Gate Branch Library



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween Haunts!

Halloween is only a few.....weeks........away!!!!


...and it has many ways to scare you!!!


Looking for events to see what an American Halloween is like? Here are a few places to look!


Local Events

SF Funcheap:  See what parties are free, where to go trick-or-treating, and maybe even be a scary zombie in a haunted house!

Costume parties and Festivals: Look here for events near you for the week of Halloween~

Ghost Ship: One of the biggest dance parties in San Francisco- this 21+ event is an amazing experience of art, music, and dancing.  A giant ship is the centerpiece, created just for this one night, and dozens of other popular and renown art installations fill the space for costumed party-goers to explore!

Trick-or-Treating
Even though you may feel too old to go out asking for candy, trick-or-treating can be a fun time with friends to walk around and see haunted houses and cool costumes. Here are some famous neighborhoods to check out for their awesome decorations!


San Francisco Haunted House- Here is a haunted house you will NEVER forget!
Berkeley Haunted House- You STILL want to go to another one?!?
Top 10 San Francisco Neighborhoods: See where to get the most candy or find the scariest houses!
East Bay Neighborhoods: Also offer some exciting places to experience some fun!



Haunted Houses
You know you want to get scared. Really scared!  So....how about walking through a haunted house or getting lost in a haunted maze?

Here is a link for the full list of spooky houses, scary graveyards, and haunted sights that are sure to make you scream!

Did you know that the Bay Bridge is also haunted? Read more about it!!

Halloween at CCA...is a big deal- so make sure to walk around to the different departments to see the costumes, decorations, and get some free candy.

Happy Halloween!!



Thursday, January 31, 2013

you wanna PIEce of this




Enjoy pie-inspired art and performances!!!
That's right! PIE-INSPIRED!
presented by the Individualized Program


The closing reception of 
you wanna PIEce of this 
is TOMORROW NIGHT, 6 - 9 pm!

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland


Open to all CCA departments,
 this collaborative exhibition features 
student work relating to the theme of pie.



* The American Dream
* Humble Pie
* Deception
* Allurement 
* Domesticity
* Homemade
* π, Infinity