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The Fifth Annual “Hope Ball” Gala celebrating Edgewood’s 160th Anniversary


The Fifth Annual “Hope Ball” Gala celebrating Edgewood’s 160th Anniversary

WHO: Honoring three individuals who have played a key role in supporting Edgewood over the years.

Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Bill O’ Keefe
Dr. Robin Randall

WHEN: Saturday, October 22: 6pm-9pm*
* 6pm – Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres / Silent Auction Opens
7:15pm – Silent Auction Closings
7:30pm – Awards & Remarks / Dinner & Live Auction / Musical performances by th3 Edgewood Caregivers Choir
9pm – Dessert Buffet and Dancing Featuring the popular Bill Hopkins Rockin’ Orchestra
10pm – Final Silent Auction Closings

WHERE: The Palace Hotel: 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

For 160 years, San Francisco’s Edgewood Center for Children and Families ( has been saving and improving the lives of the Bay Area’s most at-risk youth and families. Edgewood helps children and families take back their future by working with them to overcome severe challenges like abuse, neglect, mental illness and crisis. The oldest children’s charity in the western U.S., Edgewood has evolved to meet the community’s changing needs. What began as a refuge for Gold Rush orphans is now a nationally recognized, multifaceted agency. Edgewood serves more than 5,000 children and families in the Bay Area each year through behavioral health, family support, and educational services.


Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf


18 October 2001 – San Francisco, CA: From angels to zombies, on Halloween day children in costume get free admission to the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf ( with Halloween treats and a special creepy crawly Halloween display in our lobby. Whether you talk like a pirate or walk like an Egyptian, you’ll find a companion among the Wax Museum’s underground galleries of characters. Visitors on Halloween day will be greeted in the cobweb-draped lobby by figures such as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and a special celebrity witch. Descend into the Museum’s dungeons and feel the chill in the Chamber of Horrors, take a seat in the electric scare chair, count the Frankensteins, get creeped out by Count Dracula, and see what happened to the tourists who didn’t make it out alive! Open daily from 10am to 9pm. the Wax Museum is located at 145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. For full information, visit

As you wander the galleries, try your hand at various arcade games: see into your future with Rajah the Mystic Oracle, test your passion factor, and slip into a photo booth to record your visit. From Friday afternoon through the weekend, you can explore the Wax Museum shop downstairs to browse through souvenirs and memorabilia related to the museum’s celebrity displays, or make a wax cast of your own hand.

The Wax Museum features one of the foremost collections of wax figures in the world, where the magic of 50 years of wax artistry transports you through time. The Wax Museum is “home” to a legion of notorious characters, with over 250 internationally-known personalities past and present in fabulous scenes, representing a millennium of history and fantasy, from King Tut’s Magnificent Tomb to the Yellow Brick Road, from royalty and presidents to today’s pop celebrities.

The Wax Museum shows all aspects of life from the ignoble Chamber of Horrors to the inspiring Hall of Religion, including the historic Library of U.S. Presidents, the spectacular recreation of King Tut’s Tomb and the unique Palace of Living Art, where the world’s most famous masters and their masterpieces come to life through the magic of wax artistry. The most popular part of the wax museum tour is The Gallery of Stars, where a galaxy of brand new stars, such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Johnny Depp and Will Smith, join such classics as Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne.

Opened by Thomas Fong in 1963 as the largest wax museum in North America, the Wax Museum is one of the most popular landmarks in Fisherman’s Wharf. Many scenes were designed and sculpted by Fong’s son Ronald, who co-directed the family business in partnership with his father from its inception. Rodney Fong, representing the third generation of the Fong family, now runs most of the day-to-day operations of the family business. Like his father and grandfather, Rodney has the energy and vision to keep the museum a favorite of San Franciscans and visitors. In September 1998, the historic 100-year-old San Francisco landmark that for 35 years was The Wax Museum Entertainment Complex was torn down to make way for the current showplace, beginning a new era for the now 48-year-old attraction.

For full information and directions visit

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5th Annual Fisherman’s Wharf PIERsafe Emergency Expo and Drill

Fisherman's Wharf CBD

5th Annual Fisherman’s Wharf PIERsafe Emergency Expo and Drill

WHO: Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District in partnership with the SF Fire Department and SF Department of Emergency Management

Remarks by: SF Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White & Fisherman’s Wharf CBD Director Kevin Carroll

WHEN: Friday, October 14, 9am-11am*

WHERE: San Francisco’s Aquatic Park, located at Hyde and Jefferson Streets

The 5th Annual PIERsafe community-wide emergency response practice drill is designed to help prepare Fisherman’s Wharf and its residents, tourists and businesses in case of an emergency or natural disaster. This event is open to all interested Fisherman’s Wharf employers, their employees and residents in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood. The Safety Expo will provide information to local residents, businesses and employees about tools that they have at their disposal from NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams) training to emergency preparedness kits

ABOUT PIERsafe: The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the Fisherman’s Wharf Merchants Association banded together to create the PIERsafe committee to develop an emergency preparedness and response plan for the community. The PIERsafe committee also works with the San Francisco Fire Department in providing Neighborhood Emergency Response Training sessions especially designed for the business owners, merchants and residents of the Fisherman’s Wharf. The PIERsafe committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month in Scoma’s Restaurant at 9am. For more information on the PIERsafe committee email

Get to Know ARKive


Get to Know ARKive

Tuesday, October 11 (6:00 – 8:45pm)

Google, 1400 Crittendon Lane, Mountain View, CA 94043

Wildscreen USA is hosting a special event at Google to introduce the SF Bay Area to the ARKive project – the Noah’s Ark for the Internet era. ARKive is a unique global initiative, gathering together the very best films and photographs of the world’s species into one centralized digital library to create a freely-accessible, audio-visual record of life on Earth. Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. J. Michael Fay will discuss the role of wildlife photos and films in education and conservation. John Hanke Vice President of Google Geo products (Maps, Earth, & more) will demonstrate a tour of the ARKive layer on Google Earth. interactive stations will be available for attendees along with prizes, drinks and hors d’hoeuvres. A live web stream of the speaker presentations will be available from 7pm – 7:45pm PST on

Event Program

6pm Registration, drinks, heavy hors d’hoeuvres, and experience ARKive at our four interactive stations

7-7:45pm Welcome from Wildscreen CEO Richard Edwards and Wildscreen USA COO Merove Heifetz Dr. Sylvia Earle & Dr. J. Michael Fay discuss the role of wildlife photos & films in education & conservation John Hanke, Vice President of Google Geo products (Maps, Earth, & more), demonstrates a tour of the ARKive layer on Google Earth

7:45-8:45pm Experience ARKive at our interactive stations (and win some prizes!), more drinks & hors d’hoeuvres

Ginny Fang Appointed CEO of San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center


Ginny Fang Appointed CEO of San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center

ChinaSF Executive Director Has Built Business Between San Francisco and Chinac During Her Tenure

7 October 2011 — San Francisco, CA: Ginny Fang, Executive Director of ChinaSF (, has been named CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center. Fang, who has led the public-private partnership,ChinaSF, for the last two years, has expanded San Francisco’s presence throughout China and successfully opened ChinaSF offices in Beijing and Shanghai. In her new role, Fang will continue to work with cross-border trade between China and San Francisco, but will narrow her focus to bringing foreign direct investment dollars into San Francisco and Bay Area-based projects.

“ChinaSF is a national leader in how government and business can work together to create jobs and grow an economy,” said Fang. “I am proud of everything that we have achieved, and look forward to supporting continued success for ChinaSF as a Board member. Furthermore, the experience gained from my work with ChinaSF will help jump start our efforts at the SFBA Regional Center. I am humbled at the support and trust given me by both institutions.”

“We are very excited to have someone as skilled and personable as Ginny to lead this organization,’’ said Steven Kay, president of SFBARC.

In addition to Kay, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is also a principal in the newly formed San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center. The SFBA Regional Center is a federally-designated center to utilize the EB-5 program to bring foreign capital in the San Francisco Bay Area while focusing on job creation.

About ChinaSF With offices in Beijing, Shanghai and San Francisco, ChinaSF is a public-private initiative of the San Francisco Center for Economic Development (SFCED), in close partnership with the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), supported by funding from private sector partners. Its goal is to attract and retain Chinese investment and business expansion into San Francisco and the Bay Area, and to also support San Francisco Bay Area businesses in their business efforts in China. Between 2008 and 2011, amidst one of the worst financial crises in history, ChinaSF successfully facilitated the expansion of 13 companies to San Francisco, and helped over a dozen Bay Area-based companies make important business connections in China. In addition to the financial investment into the Bay Area, ChinaSF’s efforts have directly created over 130 jobs for the Bay Area not counting any resulting multiplier effects and benefits.

About the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center The San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center is a federally designated center to assist foreign nationals in obtaining permanent U.S. residency under the federal EB-5 program. That program is designed to encourage the flow of foreign capital into the U.S. economy and assist in domestic job growth. Under the EB-5 visa program, foreign investors can receive immigration benefits for investing $1 million, or $500,000 for Targeted Employment Areas, in the United States. Those investments must be shown to create at least 10 full-time jobs. Through the program administered by SFBARC, investors and their qualifying family members are offered the prospect, but not a guarantee, of lawful permanent residence in the United States.