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Planting Trees is a Team Activity

Earth day/ month is coming, Arbor Day is just around the corner.  On  4/27 in Gellert Park (Daly City, CA), Arbor day is being celebrated with residents picking up a “flag” to put in their yard to indicate where they want their free tree. This is part of the re-greening of Daly City and other cities in San Mateo county. Many trees have been lost to drought, disease and age. On this day, volunteers will plant trees in Gellert Park50 Wembley Dr, Daly City, CA 94015  This park is huge, built for picnics, soccer, baseball, running and community events. It even has a tot lot and club house!

(picture is JFK Elementary School on Price St. Daly City)

Now it is time for the community to give back! Get involved, bring a team and enjoy your community.  We are hoping that this tree planting will be extended to a nearby dirt path…  add a couple trees on the end of the 200 block of Wyandotte Avenue. There is an opportunity to collect money to pay for a bench also…this is the route that the kids take to get to JFK Elementary, wouldn’t that be great? These kids love science and trees and learn about them in school.

This is a great service to add trees to the SM COUNTY landscape. The contact in Stephen Stolte in Daly City. Project Green Space, 650-991-8126 or email sstolte@dalycity.org.

There is a choice of four trees,

  1. Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
  2. Strawberry Tree (Arubutus ‘Marina’) a manzanita
  3. Peppermint Will (Agonis flexuosa)
  4. Water Gum (Tristaniopsis laurina)


You pick up a “flag” for the tree location and an arborist comes out and plants it. Front or back yard. Must register and request tree.We picked a Strawberry Tree (coast live oak is too big and slow growing though a native).

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

APA is coming in MAY!!!

There are many Community Events  

Asian Art Museum

This museum is beautiful and fun, it’s only walking distance from the Civic Center BART station.

Free general admission courtesy of Target  Sunday May 5 10:30 AM–4 PM

Insider’s tip: skip the line on Sunday by ordering advance tickets online!

On Sunday, May 5, the Asian Art Museum joins the City and County of San Francisco in Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a free, museum-wide celebration featuring poetry readings, an artist’s talk, kids’ tours, art-making and more.

Get to know the collection through Storytelling or Kids’ Tours, and make art with the museum’s high school Art Speak interns.

From <http://www.asianart.org/regular/apa-heritage-month>

Local Libraries

  • San Mateo County Libraries:  https://smcl.org/blogs/post/celebrate-asian-pacific-american-heritage-month/  – 7 events. (Henna, book discussion, Hula, Family research, Candy Lei Making, Japanese Taiko Drumming, New Zealand Taiko Drumming)
  • San Francisco Public Library has partnered with the APA Heritage Foundation and has more than 100 programs celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage, including special events, exhibits, author talks, crafts, delicious food and creative programs for all ages. View the full program guide here. 2 events of special interest are below:
    • Saturday 5/12 Chinatown Meeting Room 2:30-4pm, at the SF Public Library Chinatown Him  Mark Lai on 1135 Powell St. SF Lemon Drops: A Bittersweet Memoir, author Frances Chin describes the journey of her mother as a “picture bride” in 1935, going to San Francisco from China. (in English) LINK
    • Tuesday, 5/22 Koret Auditorium, 6-7:30 at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St. For the “My Favorite Book” series, the speaker is Vanessa Hua, the author of Deceit and Other Possibilities, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.  LINK   Make sure to stop by and see the exhibition: The Unique Costumes of the 56 Ethnic Groups of China – Through June 2, Main Library, Intl’ Center.

Celebrating with your family? APA Scholastic books for Children K-12 “27 Books to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month”

PLEASANTON: Hawaiian May Day Festival Sat/Sun May 11-12, 2019, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Alameda County Fairgrounds

4501 Pleasanton Ave.

Pleasanton, CA

kumuhulaassociation.com  (check the URL for the cost)

Be a CAAMFest36 Volunteer

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be here in MAY! 

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. Entering its 37th year!! Sign up for the Volunteer Orientation on April 17 or 18, and get all your questions answered.
WHEN??? May 9th – 19th, 2019
Hundreds of Movies are shown … in both San Francisco and Oakland, CAAMFest will continue to be an anchor event celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. If you’d like to volunteer, that is very fun, you’ll be working at the showing of three movies, and for each volunteer time slot, you’ll get a voucher to see a move. Helping out and Having fun. There is a VOLUNTEER PARTY at the end of May.  This is a great way to get involved and support a community non-profit event.


CAAMFest36 Volunteer  volunteeradmin@caamedia.org 415-863-0814 x 303 May 9-19, need to discuss the 12 hour minimum and volunteer orientation required. Contact: Czarina Garcia.

Amazon Shuts its POP-UP Stores

Amazon to Shut All U.S. Pop-Up Stores As It Rethinks Physical Retail Strategy

Wall Street Journal (paywall)

““After much review, we came to the decision to discontinue our pop-up kiosk program,” an Amazon spokeswoman confirmed to The Wall Street Journal. The closings are expected by the end of next month, some employees at Amazon pop-up stores said. These shops typically occupy a few hundred square feet of space and showcase devices like voice-assistant speakers, tablets and Kindle e-readers. They feature staff, dressed casually in black Amazon T-shirts, who encourage passersby to sample the newest products. Pop-ups are operated in locations ranging from malls and Kohl’s stores to Amazon’s Whole Foods stores in 21 states.”

I’m a little sad, I was able to go to only one of these, and it was full of the most interesting gadgets and highly rated items…. most of which I had never seen. The one I checked out was in Berkeley and had a great kids toy section. It took care of my biggest problem with Amazon shopping….. I am always looking at the picture and description an wondering what something FEELS like…..

Take a Hike- Get Creative!

Try this!!

Unplugging, taking a break from tech / job hassles can help your mood, and outlook, but did you know it can boost your creativity??

– you’ll be a better problem-solver

– time in nature helps your cognition

– and happy time in nature makes you more resilient

Yes, go for a Healthy walk! 

March 8 – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

On this day we celebrate our achievements. Everyone can celebrate, because everyone benefits when women are superstars in their work and communities. The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforced and amplified all year. LINK to Site


I cannot think of a better way to get engaged and build skills than to join a non-profit board. This work boosts your leadership, community understanding and showcases your abilities. In San Francisco, we can go to Board Match in May to learn more about the non-profits that help our communities and need members to join their boards.

The Board Match – Thursday, May 8 –5:30 pm.

The Board Match is an exciting event featuring hundreds of Bay Area nonprofits whose members will be on hand to talk to interested candidates about serving on their board of directors. Each year there are more than 1,100 participants in this annual event. There will be a variety of organizations from large to small, focusing on everything from cultural groups, environment, arts, youth and more. Bring your business cards to share with your potential match. Free! Register at www.theboardmatch.net  Board Match comes to many cities, take a look at their schedule.


And BIG Thanks to the Professional Business Women of California for their many seminars, tweets, and inspiration. This is great organization to check out! Do not miss PBWC’s historic 30th Annual Conference: Unstoppable! In San Francisco, April 23, 2019.  Wells Fargo is a Gold Sponsor of this event, and has supported PBWC for years. Makes me proud that they join with dozens of other companies that KNOW this is so important for women!

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday – March 2

I read to kids in a literacy program called Reading First. It pairs up volunteers with new books…. the books are read to children at school and that wonderful book is left in the school library. I LOVE doing this volunteer service in my community.

I have noticed over the years that Dr. Seuss books are consistently one of the most fun books to read to the young students. The laughter is contagious, and the children often know some of the words and even the littlest ones are engaged and interested.

HATS off to Dr. Seuss…. and Happy Birthday!

National Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and we will celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political contributions of women. The highlight of the month is International Women’s Day on March 8 — an annual tradition that started back in 1911. However, this celebration is not just for women. It is a day that belongs to all groups, because gender equality is an issue for all, and we all win if we push for change collectively. You’ll see many showing their support by wearing purple and green. Purple symbolizes justice and dignity; green represents hope.

Square a SF, Beloved Company and Venmo adopts Rainbow motif

This is part of our commerce world. Making it easier for small business and more customer friendly for the big corporations too.  Take a look …

Square Posts Strong Growth for Cash App, Its Entry in the Hot P2P Payments Market
Square Inc. is rapidly growing into a heavyweight player in the hard-fought market for peer-to-peer payments. The San Francisco-based company had 15 million active users in December for its P2P product, Cash App…

Venmo launches a ‘limited edition’ rainbow debit card for its payment app users  TechCrunch article  · Sarah Perez · 2/22/2019

Hoping to entice more users to attach the Venmo Mastercard to their account, Venmo this morning announced it’s launching a “special edition” rainbowcolored version of its debit card that will only be available in limited quantities.

Affirm & its instant financing option

Following the best path of  MAKE IT EASY, BE TRANSPARENT  and PUT THE CUSTOMER FIRST….. Affirm continues to make sense to merchants – even the Big ‘uns!

The 7-year-old startup Affirm Inc. has already signed up more than 2,000 merchants to accept its instant-financing option.

On 2/27, it announced it had added: Walmart Inc.

Affirm users will be able to check out with the service at more than 4,000 of Walmart’s U.S. stores &  planned to be available on Walmart’s e-commerce site “over the coming weeks,” , Affirm said.


  • Affirm allows approved users to repay purchase amounts with monthly installments over three, six, or 12 months
  • Interest charges are  displayed  in terms of actual dollars not as percentages
  • Choose the Affirm option at the point of sale
  • Affirm pays merchants in full, less a transaction fee
  • Financing is limited to a range of $150 to $2,000
  • Link to article