With his best-selling book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv sparked a national debate that spawned an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. He coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder™; influenced national policy; and helped inspire campaigns in over eighty cities, states, and provinces throughout North America. Louv will be the keynote speaker of San Francisco Botanical Garden’s 15th Annual Garden Feast, a fundraising luncheon in support of the Garden’s youth education program, serving 10,000 Bay Area children annually, most from San Francisco public schools and many from the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. Garden Feast guests will enjoy a delicious sit-down lunch catered by McCalls on the lovely Great Meadow within the Garden, surrounded by 55 acres of beautiful gardens displaying over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. Guests will also savor a 2011 organic Sauvignon Blanc provided by wine sponsor Bonterra and have a chance to bid on unusual and exotic plants, botanical art, unique experience packages, parties in the Garden, and more in the silent and live auctions. The highlight of Garden Feast will be the opportunity to hear inspirational keynote speaker Richard Louv. Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. His newest book, The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), offers a new vision of the future, in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin) has been translated into 10 languages and published in 15 countries. Louv is also the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping to build the movement to connect today's children and future generations to the natural world.
Wednesday 5/1515th Annual Garden Feast at San Francisco Botanical GardenSan Francisco Botanical Garden Youth Education ProgramJulie Baldocchi and Anne Marie Massocca11:00 AM - 2:00 PMSan Francisco Botanical GardenHeidi Wohlwend$200
Thursday 5/16Spring Gala 2013: Janelle Monáe and the San Francisco SymphonyGroundbreaking, genre-blurring singer, songwriter, producer, fashionista and CoverGirl Janelle Monáe takes center stage at the SFS's inaugural Spring Gala on Thursday, May 16, benefitting the SFS's educational programs. The night begins with a sparkling wine reception at 7pm in the grand lobbies of Davies Symphony Hall, and is followed by a concert featuring the San Francisco Symphony and Janelle Monáe's funky, soulful hip-hop and R&B style. The celebrations continue at a glamorous and exciting after-party in San Francisco's majestic City Hall, with live music, cocktails, and savory treats. Special dinner packages include a pre-concert cocktail and dining party, premier seating at the concert, and access to the after-party in City Hall. Buy online or call the Volunteer Council at (415) 503-5500 with questions about ticket packages. Creative Black Tie attire preferred. Must be 21 and older.San Francisco Symphony5:30 PM - 11:00 PMDavies Symphony Hall. San Franciscohttp://www.sfsymphony.org/janelle?fullsite=true
Saturday 5/184th Annual Nimbash-Putting the Art in PartyBenefiting community arts programs in Napa Valley Interactive Art experiences, fine wine, culinary extravaganza, fantasy fashion show, silent and live auction, dancing Saturday, May 18, 2013 5 pm until 11 pm 880 College Avenue St. Helena, CA. 94574 Tickets: $125 Contact: Mary Miroglio, Nimbus Arts: 707-963-5278Nimbus Arts5:00 PM - 11:00 PMThe Barn-880 College Ave St.Helena CA. 94574Mary Mirogliohttp://www.eventbrite.com/event/3580668877/eorg#
Saturday 6/15"THEATREWORKS HONORS" GALA EVENTTheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, will stage its annual TheatreWorks Honors gala event June 15. The evening’s honorees, Tony Award-winning Broadway playwright and Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get It) and Chairman of Fenwick & West law firm Gordon Davidson, will be celebrated for their unwavering dedication to bringing forth vision, innovation, and creativity to the Silicon Valley and national arts communities. Guests will enjoy the inimitable wit and style of Master of Ceremonies Joe Grundfest, W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, as they enjoy an evening of cocktails, a sumptuous dinner with wine pairings, live auction, and a one-night-only musical presentation created expressly for the honorees. Organizing the event are honorary chairs Bill Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Intuit, and Jeff Crowe, Managing Partner of Norwest Venture Partners, with co-chairs Bill Coughran of Los Altos Hills, Aaron Gershenberg of Menlo Park, Ray Rothrock of Menlo Park, Scott Spector of Palo Alto, and Holly Ward of Palo Alto. A limited number of tables at levels $7,500 and above, and individual tickets at $1,000 are available.TheatreWorks Silicon Valley5:30 PM -Microsoft Campus, Mountain Viewhttp://www.theatreworks.org
Friday 10/18This Old Bag: The Power of the PurseBCEF's signature event, a celebration of handbags, 9th Annual This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse! Silent and Live Auction of celebrity, couture, designer and retail bags. Shop the Kids Corner, Manbag or Vintage sections. Show the power of your purse. 100% of all ticket sales and auction sales benefit BCEF clients.Breast Cancer Emergency Fund6:30 PM - 9:30 PMSt Regis Hotel. 125 3rd street. San Franciscohttp://www.thisoldbag.org/