Posts filed under ‘Local Happenings’

San Ramon Farmers Market Has Moved!

Guten Tag!

Have you heard? The San Ramon Farmers Market has moved to a new location: Bishop Ranch 2, Bollinger Canyon Rd/Sunset Drive across from Whole Foods Market.  Every Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, year round now.
The opening day was on May 7th, when my husband and I checked it out ourselves. Of course the setting is not as pretty as the Forest Home Farms location, but there was enough parking and set-up space for the vendors.I think that there were a few more vendors than before, which hopefully will make up for the change in location.
Here are ten reasons why to buy local food/ produce:
  1. Locally grown food tastes better.
  2. Local produce is better for you.
  3. Local food preserves genetic diversity.
  4. Local food is GMO-free.
  5. Local food supports local farm families.
  6. Local food builds community.
  7. Local food preserves open space.
  8. Local food keeps your taxes in check.
  9. Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife.
  10. Local food is about the future.
And now I am trying to get into the habit of supporting our local Farmers Market. See you there for breakfast with my cute market basket!

June 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

Free Compassionate Communication Workshop

On March 13th, 2011 I celebrated my graduation from the World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts with a certification diploma in Holistic Health & Wellness Practitioner. This 1,600 hour course included Professional Massage Therapy, Master Life Coaching, Energy and Somatic Massage, Spa Services, and Family Health Services.

The Master Life Coaching Program is one of the premiere self development and healthy living courses in the world today. The scope and objectives of the transformational living and the professional life coaching mastery program are wholly unique and visionary in the world of optimum health, personal transformation and prosperity. Just to give you an idea, here is  a partial list of the subjects that we explored in that program:

  • Committed Relationships
  • Compassionate Communication
  • Present Moment Awareness Stress Release
  • Releasing Mental Programs Emotional Mastery
  • Creating a Healthy Home Language of Healing

… and so much more!

So I was thrilled to find out that my club, Club Sport of San Ramon, is offering a free workshop in “Compassionate Communication” to the public.

I checked today, and you do not need to be a member to attend this workshop.

When: Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 2-3:30 pm in Studio Two.
Address: 350 Bollinger Canyon Lane, San Ramon, CA 94582
(925) 735-8500  

The  “Compassionate Communications” module that I learned was taught by a company called NVC (Nonviolent Communication) which is a process developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s and 70s.

It is a language of the heart where you learn how to cultivate the ability to listen and speak in a way that honors yourself and others. Engage with others in a way that is both non-violent and dynamic.

I will be there – hope to see you too!

– Angela

Note: NVC often functions as a conflict resolution process. It focuses on two aspects of communication: honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others) and empathy (defined as listening with deep compassion).
NVC is based on the idea that humans are innately compassionate, while violence (psychological and physical) are learned through culture. NVC theory supposes all human behavior stems from attempts to meet a small set of human needs. Needs are believed never to be in conflict. Rather, conflict arises when strategies for meeting needs clash. NVC proposes that if people can identify the needs of others, and the feelings that surround the needs, harmony can be achieved.

May 23, 2011 at 5:20 am Leave a comment

Eurovision Song Contest 2011

Since I have such a passion for music from all around the world, I really wanted to share a little bit about the Eurovision Song Contest. It just took place again last Saturday, May 14th 2011 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Last year Germany won with a song from Lena Meyer-Landrut, called Satellite, and therefore earned the privilege to host this massive event this year.

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world. It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. After 54 runnings, the contest is one of the most typical European traditions and without doubt, Europe’s favorite TV show! After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. You might even say that the idea for “American Idol” came directly from the Eurovision tradition. In 2005, the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated its 50th anniversary by picking the best entry to date. The event was won by the legendary Swedish group ABBA and their song Waterloo. The band had originally won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in 1974 and became one of the most successful bands worldwide, selling more than 370 million records. Some 50 countries took part in the Eurovision Song Contest over the past 54 years.

My whole family would always get together and watch this performance every single year – we did not miss one – and I loved all the different kind of songs, costumes and languages the artists would display and perform. It was so cool to bring all the countries together in one gigantic show and at the same time learn something new about each country – there were countries I had never even heard of before, not to mention their locations?! It definitely brought all communities closer together – since we are all one and not separate from each other!

This year’s first prize was awarded to the country of of Azerbaijan with a song called “Running Scared” by the duo Ell/Nikki. (Germany took 10th place)

Here is the link to the official website if this is something that might interest you – which is all in english language – where you can listen to this year’s songs, learn about the history and statistics, hear interviews and get other interesting information.

– Angela

May 23, 2011 at 4:47 am Leave a comment

A Special Event Addressing the Issue of Gender

I wanted to invite you all to a special event. As part of its community outreach program, the SRV Educators Association (SRVEA) is hosting a free showing of the newest feature film created by Groundspark,


Monday, May 23 at 7:00pm
in the Cal High Theater.

This powerful new documentary by Academy Award winner Debra Chasnoff addresses the topic of gender.  After the film, a panel of former SRVUSD students and current SRVUSD teachers will discuss the film. This event is open to students, parents, staff and the greater community.  Refreshments will be served. View the flyer.

Hope to see you all there!

 – Angela

May 23, 2011 at 4:38 am Leave a comment

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