Global Winter Wonderland Brightens up Sacramento for the Holidays

Global Winter Wonderland

Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo

Global Winter Wonderland in Sacramento beginning November 22nd, 2014

By Nolan Apostle
Producer & Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

The Global Winter Wonderland arrives in Sacramento on November 22nd, 2014 at the Cal Expo grounds. It promises to dazzle any audience with it’s plethora of lights and colors so magnificent that only the heavens above can match it’s beauty.
Global Winter Wonderland is a spectacular holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration featuring:

Awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes from around the world including the Global Village, Holiday Fun, Dinosaur Maze, and the Enchanted Forest.

Two stages of entertainment – including Global Winter Wonderland’s Circus of Light

Delicious international cuisine

Full carnival with family and thrill rides

Photos with Santa and holiday shopping

Multi-cultural Theme Days featuring specific cultures’ traditional customs

For details on the show and to purchase tickets you can call (866) 251-6700

Global Winter Wonderland runs from NOV 22, 2014 – JAN 4, 2015

At the CAL EXPO in SACRAMENTO

Visit http://www.globalwonderland.com/ for all show details.

MAKER FAIRE 2014 –YEAR OF THE MAKER

By Nolan Apostle
Producer, Contributing Editor and Photographer
Event City Premier Magazine

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What is the Maker Faire?  At the Event City Creative several of us have been big Maker fans over the years and this reporter has attended almost every year since its inception in 2006. Although I’ve missed a couple of years due to personal reasons, my conviction and dedication to the Maker Faire – DIY (Do It Yourself) genre, and the immense amount of creative talent, positive attitudes and eclectic inventive ideas on display at this event – well simply put, as the Rolling Stones would say, “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away”. I would have to be laid out on a gurney to miss another Faire again.

To give you a fair definition of this eclectic festival of talent is a most difficult task, but one that we sure had fun defining. After talking with hundreds of Makers and attendees over the years we have come up with what we believe defines the Bay Area Maker Faire:

“A Creative’s Disneyland rolled into a

Futuristic Music Festival of the Arts & Sciences.”

Well that’s one definition of Maker Faire. The festival itself defines it as “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new”, whatever you might decide it is, Maker Faire is certainly a different type of edutaining, an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, inventors, crafters, educators, engineers, electronic wizards, science clubs, hobbyists, authors, artists, students, and even an interesting collection of commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come together at a Maker Faire event to show-off their wares, whatever they may be and to possibly help you learn more by sharing what they have learned.

Maker Faire launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 as a tiny display of DIY enthusiasts demonstrating their ideas, inventions and creative projects. The interest and excitement of this genre, if you can even label it a “genre”, has done nothing but spiral into an incredible adventure where one can see and most importantly, experience, the entire Maker community first hand in all its glory. Last year at the San Mateo (San Francisco Bay Area) Maker Faire the crowds were spectacular and truly as gigantic as some of the displays at the Faire itself – over 120,000 attendees showed up over the weekend to take in this grand event – and most of those we spoke with said they would be returning without a doubt as long as the Maker Faire existed!

Wow! Can one believe the incredible growth of an event that offers such a wide array of experiences with a general ticket price ranging from $17.50 to $60.00? The popularity of the Maker Faire expanded greatly over a short time and soon took over the entire San Mateo Events Center within a few years. Now almost a decade into the sprawling event its legions of aspiring makers, educators, moms, dads, sons and daughters and many others come to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 195,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2013, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. If you plan on going to the Faire here is some information to help you get there and around the San Mateo area. The Maker Faire is certainly family friendly – 50% attend the event with their children and many come from all parts of Northern California. Just last year alone there were 98 independently-produced Mini and Featured Maker Faires taking place around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Santiago, and Oslo.

This years Maker Faire is expected to be the largest Maker Faire to date! Could it reach 150,000? Why is it so popular? Could it be that the event is primarily designed to be forward-looking showcase for Makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But the Faire is not just for those involved in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

The Maker Faire is an exciting and extremely entertaining event filled with an extremely diverse audience, and a fascinating, fun, curious mix of people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with an audience that can be just as eclectic as the makers themselves. All of this could be the result of the popularity explosion of this event, and as it continues to grow it will continue to present a tremendous opportunity for everyone who visits the Maker Faire; opportunities to learn, to grow, to walk away feeling real good about yourself, about your abilities to go out there and to do “something” regardless of what it might be. Some say it is an event that can easily become one’s obsession, as far fetched as that might be, it is an event that really does allow you to feel real good about yourself. Once you attend a Maker Faire one thing is certain, whether you become addicted to the eclectic fun and creative and inspirational atmosphere or not, you will come to appreciate the 950+ Makers displaying their projects and not only walk away learning something new, but truly, you will feel much better about yourself and that alone will urge you to return the following year for a whole different, but certainly just as positive, experience!

Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media.  Maker Media publishes MAKE magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

The Maker Faire Official App is available for iPhone and Android devices. You can download it here.
Event City is the new online Community for the Events & Creative Industries supporting the talent and projects within the Special Events, Hospitality, Music, Entertainment, Film and all Inventors and the full spectrum of the Arts. The Event City Creative Magazine is the online publication supporting Event City and the Event City Network. Event City launches in Q4 2014.

Here is a Maker Faire Sneak Peak for you:

Makerspace on Wheels: Building the Hackmobile

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The “Ultimate Maker Vehicle” is revealed at Maker Faire on Saturday, May 17th, 2014

 

The Hypnotic Grooves of the Sand Noise Device

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This is what you get when you combine a box of sand with a Microsoft Kinect, an overhead projector, and a series of illuminated pucks?

 

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Test Your Skills at the Game of Drones Aerial Sports Competition

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The Game of Drones is announcing the launch of our their official drone sports competition at the San Francisco Bay Area Maker Faire, on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. Check it out, this is pure, unadulaterated, MAKER FUN!!

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Game of Drones is excited to announce the launch of our official drone sports competition at Maker Faire Bay Area, taking place on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The Aerial Action Sports League (AASL) aims to be the premiere drone sports competition, showcasing pilot skills, engineering prowess, and technology innovation through aerial combat, flying obstacle courses, and other fun drone games.

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More to come on the Event City Creative Magazine.

EVENT & HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY CELEBRATION

YOU, Your COLLEAGUES and INDUSTRY ASSOCIATES Are INVITED TO

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The Premier “Razzle Dazzle” Presented by  Event City and Broadway Studios 

This event is a Showcase and Mini-Expo for the Events & Creative Industries. These industries and their vertical markets will all be represented by the Event City Network as they prepare for their Live Launch.

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The industries represented are:

Special Events, Meeting Planning, Hospitality, Travel

ART, Music, Motion Picture and Entertainment 

The Premier Razzle Dazzle is on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012  —  5:00pm – 10:00pm 

BROADWAY STUDIOS VENUE
435 Broadway at Montgomery, North Beach, San Francisco, 94133

A Fine Selection of Complimentary

Appetizers and Delicious Samples from top Northern California Caterers

Wine Tasting, Live Music, Entertainers, Variety Performers

Artists, Aerials, Comedians, and more…

Live Performances by

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The Houserockers

KFOX Last Band Standing Winners

Voted the Best Dance Cover Band in the Bay Area


SPONSORED CATERERS

Tango Fusion Bistro & Tapas Bar –  Red Pepper

Hot Italian Pizza  –  Michi Catering  –  Deelish Carribean Cuisine

New Ganges Indian Cuisine  –  Beaver Creek Vineyards

SPONSORS

Broadway Studios  –  Event City  –  HouseRockers

Scott Production Services – Arroz Records

Balloons By Design  –  RadioSlot  –  ArtRockx

Urban Diversion  –  SF Sailing Company

Please go here to register 

To inquire about Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities at this or future Razzle Dazzles please Email us.

Event & Meeting Professional’s Mixer – NorCal

By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Creative Magazine

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The Northern California Chapter of PCMA will be hosting a mixer and all Bay Area Event, Meeting and Hospitality Professionals are encouraged to attend. This event is being held at the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco. Besides some of the wonderful people you will meet, Wine and Delicious Food will be present as well. The Julia Morgan Ballroom, is located on the 15th Floor of the Merchants Exchange Building in the Financial district of San Francisco.

It has become one of San Francisco’s premiere event facilities and is a popular event destination for hundreds of important businesses and notable individuals over the years. Some of their clients include Industrial Light & Magic, Cisco, Siemens, Wells Fargo, Bain & Company, AES, Oracle, Deutsche Bank, Novartis, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, Ketchum Advertising, Actuate, The Bar Association of San Francisco, Sedgwick, Moran & Arnold, Guinness, Los Angeles Times, the NAACP, John Kerry, Robert Redford, and Steve Jobs.

The Ballroom is centrally located in San Francisco’s vibrant Financial District, at the century-old Merchants Exchange building. It is easily accessible by public transportation, and steps away from the City’s finest hotels, dining, and shopping. Ballroom staff can provide full and discreet service throughout the day and evening of your event, allowing you to focus with confidence on your party, event, conference, or meeting, whatever the business at hand may be.

First serving as San Francisco’s “Commercial Club” in the early 1900s, the stylish, neoclassically designed Julia Morgan Ballroom hosts exclusive corporate events, weddings, charitable functions, meetings and special occasions in a truly one-of-a kind San Francisco experience. The Ballroom is simply a historic gem, a classic San Francisco “structure” with great historic value.

The Julia Morgan Ballroom is generously supporting the event. Event City understands and supports all organizations within the Events & Creative Industries who are making it easier for planners to work within these industries as well. Bringing Event Professionals together to help them expand their professional possibilities is an important goal at the Event City Network, as well as with the PCMA.

Invited to this event will be the members of the local chapters of MPI, HSMAI, IAEE, SITE and ASAE, and if you do not belong to one of the associations please come as well. One of these organizations may interest you. So come on out for a great evening of food, wine and unlimited networking possibilities!

The event’s attire will be business casual and don’t forget them business cards. This is a FEE based event, which we know is different than most Event industry mixers covered by one of our magazines or bloggers, but there should be a good selection of Event Planners attending this function and of course some fine food. Speaking or food….

Catering the event is La Bonne Cuisine, they will be providing scrumptious treats for you. They were established in 1995 by Award-winning Executive Chef, Christophe Kubiak, primarily as a corporate catering company specializing in cocktail parties, executive luncheons, buffet and sit-down dinners, La Bonne Cuisine Catering quickly became known as one of Greater Bay Area’s best, most reliable and refined catering companies. They are renowned for their creativity, originality and more importantly, taste in special food concepts, along with sublime presentation and attention to detail. As far as this reporter is concerned, this alone is a great reason to not miss this GREAT event!

EVENT MIXER DETAILS:

When: Thursday, October 29, 2009 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Julia Morgan Ballroom Merchants Exchange 465 California Street 15th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104

Students fee $30.00

PCMA Member Fee $30.00

Non-Member Fee $35.00

Design Your Own – Unbelieveable Web Design Tools

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How long have we waited for the ability to take our web design ideas and just sit down and build? Yes, you. Take your photos, drawings, artwork, text, any form of media we might want to add to some type of a Internet presence and begin to build it. Imagine a website created by your 9 year old son or daughter, pretty cool just to let them have a go at building a web presence for you, right? Whether it be a birthday party for your Spouse, or a website for a small business or even just to have some fun with family and friends.

Recently my son began to build his own website. He’s only nine. Yeah he rides his bike, plays soccer and goes Wirling as often as he can, but he LOVES to work on his website too. He uses an online tool for building a pretty robust, graphic filled, creative, energetic, and all around FUN website. No special skills except taking a little time to learn the ins and outs of that new online tool (sorry my Little Man for revealing your secrets, but your Website is looking really sharp anyway). So how does one learn to Design their own website? I’ll reveal this and much more, in a series of articles, as I review a number of different solutions such as software products, websites, online tools and more that will help you do just that. Design your own web presence.

So how would you like to save money, in some cases lots of it, and be able to build a pretty cool website at the same time? No, that’s not a trick question, just reality in the 21st century, and the direction technology has allowed us to travel.

It’s been such a long time since building your own website lived in the realm of black-framed, eyeglass-wearing, palm-pilot-toting, geeky graphic designers in the alleys of SOHO or pencil-necked gearheads who lived, ate, and dreamed about code in a place called Silicon Valley. Well all of that is now changed.

There are a number of different companies that offer solutions, some of them very simple and easy to use, solutions for building a very nice, super clean, PROFESSIONAL web presence. Over the course of the next couple of months I will talk about them and reveal how you can build your own, with very little or practically no skills. For most of these solutions having the knowledge of how to use Microsoft Word is about all you will need to accommplish some magical feats of web design. Some might be slightly more advanced, but then with the addition of some great “Templates” you’re once again off and running. Yep, the software does all of the coding, extra design elements and so much more.

So let’s begin with a couple of very unique, and also very different programs; you might consider them bookends in the world of “Design-Your-Own-Web”, but ultimately each one of these great products, keeps it real and allows you to create wonderful websites.

SiteGrinder2 and Yola. Sound like some characters from a Star Wars movie? No, just some pretty cool tools to help you be more creative and save you lots of money.

Yola brings website building to the rest of us. Small businesses, groups and organizations, Non-profits, even your Aunt Jenny. How about the gal sitting next to you on the subway, or the dude in the cubicle next to you. Everyone. The Yola website builder lets you easily take what’s in your head and turn it into webpages in front of your eyes. Yola lets you make great-looking sites with webages that work beautifully together.

The magic of all this is the company does this without any imposing banner ads or plastering pop-up ad windows everywhere. They fundamentally believe that the user of their product should be able to build and host their websites without paying for a designer, a suite of software or a hosting company. With Yola, you have absolutely everything you need to get your site up and running. If you want even more, they offer premium features too. The company is also there to provide you with a helping hand, so you’ll never feel like you’re stuck. They work very hard so you don’t have to. They believe they have truly created a “no-brainer” solution for everyone to build outstanding websites. We’ll let you know as we review this product in the coming weeks. So in a nutshell that’s who Yola is.

Sitegrinder 2 turns Adobe Photoshop into an easy-to-use and powerful website design and production tool. It’s true! In fact, a SiteGrinder 2-equipped designer with no HTML programming expertise needs only some basic Photoshop skills to go from design concept to full deployment of a professional, standards-compliant website in just minutes with no programming whatsoever … and they do it all from within Photoshop.

SiteGrinder 2 takes care of everything, even ensuring cross-platform browser compatibility. Best of all, pages created with SiteGrinder 2 retain the exact look and layout of the parent Photoshop file from which they were created. Pretty amazing huh?!

I specifically chose Yola and SiteGrinder to begin this series of articles because they are very different- one takes absolutely NO skills and the other you need the skill of a specific software. One is online and used via the web. The other is a software tool, a Plug-in that is used off-line and you build the webpages within that software program.

As easy as either one of these might seem to you, everything else I introduce to you over the next couple of months will either be almost as simple as Yola, and may not be as diverse as SiteGrinder2, but rest assured all of these tools will allow you to build your own website fairly easily and with very little cost!.

Until then, do not hesitate to send us your feedback and comments on what you might want us to review in the future.

Bruce Springsteen & E-Street Band at Superbowl XLIII

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I had just turned on the TV late afternoon on Sunday to catch some of the Superbowl, and Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band were announced and Wow what a show it was!! They rocked to many favorites and the crowd did not let up at all. Fireworks lit up the sky in Tampa Bay tonight, and the crowd sung along to Born to Run and many other awesome Springsteen hits.

Watching Bruce and the E-Street Band perform today brings back many memories of my days in the Rock’n’Roll world. Bruce Springsteen, the BOSS, is the Robert De Niro of the Music Industry! Those in the movie biz know how nice, openly friendly and courteous, a real gentleman Mr. De Niro is; and not just to his friends and co-workers but everyone. One of the most powerful men in Hollywood and he’s a sweetheart!

I had the opportunity to work with Bruce Springsteen and company back in the 70’s and 80’s and they were all very professional, extremely well organized (something very rare back in those days for Rock’n’Rollers), and Bruce and the gang were just the nicest of them all. No egos flying every which way, no attitude, just good times and getting their job done with a flair to please the masses.

I’ll never forget the night I gave a ride to one of Bruce’s close friends who was attending his concert from out of town. It was very late, but I lived on the Peninsula and I was giving him a ride to Bruce’s parents house who also lived on the Peninsula.

When we got there everyone was just so tired. Bruce was sitting at the table across from his wife, his hand on his forehead, obviously extremely tired, and he looked up at me and said, “Hey, you sure look exhausted”. Here he was, just finished an exploding show, in his mom’s kitchen, and he still had it in him to say “hey” to someone he barely knew. Suffice it to say, I rested for about 15 minutes, got a few aspirins, said my good-byes, and got the biggest hug from Mama Springsteen, you would of thought I was one of her own!! I was told later she is that way with all of Bruce’s friends!!

At that moment I realized why Bruce is the beautiful guy that he is, why he chooses to have those kind of people around him, and after seeing him there exhausted, I realize he really is the “Working Man” that he so often signs about.

Back to the show — “IT’S BOSS TIME”,

Little Stevie belted out those words at the end of their set at Superbowl 43!! What an incredible show, you can’t help but feel good watching them play! Those of you that know me know I am not that big of a spectator sports fan, I’d rather be playing than watching, and as far as I am concerned, I just watched the Superbowl!!

May Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band live forever!!

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Bruce Springsteen - "You can't help but feel good watching them play"

Nolan Apostle – Contributing Editor, Producer
Event City Creative Magazines
Event City BlogaZines
magazine@eventcity.net

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On April 17th, 2008 Bruce’s dear friend and keyboard player Danny Federici died after a 3 year battle with Melanoma. During the Superbowl they debuted a “Danny Fund PSA” and it can be seen at the Danny Federici Memorial Site. Please visit it now to learn more how you can help in this great cause. From everyone here at the Event City Network, our heartfelt condolences go out to Danny’s family, Bruce Springsteen, his entire band and management at Thrill Hill Productions and all of Danny’s friends.

Planner’s Feast at CES & MacWorld

Where to go and What to do!?

By Nolan Apostle, Editor in Chief and
Danny Hewlett, Photographer & Camera Crew

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

As an Events and Creative Industry’s professional you will learn about the products and services we will find at, CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas and MacWorld Expo in San Francisco? Event City will focus on bringing you the latest in new technology and “outside the box” ideas for doing what you do.

We bring you solutions for problems that exist and those that may exist in the future. We help you prevent headaches as well through learning about key products and services to help you in your business. Not only will you see new products now, but our coverage will continue well past the actual Events themselves.

You could be an Event or Meeting Planner, Corporate Manager, Hospitality & Events specialist, Travel, Art, Entertainment, Music Food & Beverage or Film industry professional and we will constantly bring you the latest and greatest to help you succeed!

So now that you know our secret, here’s a few links for you to visit the Event City Magazine coverage of these two great shows.  Event City Creative Magazine and the Meeting City Online BlogaZine.