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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Coming Up: Open House for the San Mateo Country Crime Lab

Have you ever wanted to check out a crime lab? The San Mateo County Crime Lab opens for tours for two days! They decorate for Halloween and in costumes. You'll see different parts of the labs and talk with criminologists. This is a great opportunity to meet them and ask them questions about their jobs and how they got there.

WHAT: San Mateo County Crime Lab Open House

WHEN: Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th from 2 - 6
Tours start every 10 minutes. No sign-up necessary.

WHERE: 50 Tower Road San Mateo

Info: Robin Foucrault at (650) 312-5307 or

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Coming Up: Bay Area Science Festival

The Bay Area Science Festival runs October 26 through November 11, with Discovery Days events all around the San Francisco Bay, like in the North Bay at the Sonoma County Fairground on October 28, at Cal State East Bay on the same day, and at AT and T Park on November 11. With more than 200 hands-on activities plus exhibits and performances, it's a lot of fun. The Discovery Days are aimed at kids 0-14.

Explorer Days include more than 20 tours, like hikes to see the San Andreas fault, with a geologist, or seeing a deep ocean exploration manufacturing center. All are hosted by scientists or engineers. As for performances, look for Radiolab and the Food Network's Alton Brown.

Some activities are adults-only, and others welcome kids. Some are free, some have a fee. Go through the schedule and see what interests you.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Coming Up: Opinion Study - $150-300

Probe Market Research is recruiting for personal finances opinion studies. They're paying $150 or $300 depending on the study, and they are 60 or 120 minutes in San Francisco. Here is the survey to see if you qualify:

When: October 19 and 20
Pay: $150 or $300
Where: San Francisco

Coming Up: Sandcastle Classic - San Francisco

This weekend, get outside for the 35th annual Sandcastle Classic, Northern California's biggest sandcastle competition. The building gets started at 11, and you can wander around watching them build while listening to live music performances. Food trucks will be on hand to feed you. The event benefits arts education for SF youth. Volunteer spots are open for some of the teams, and everyone can help build the community castle.

When: Saturday, October 14 from 11-3:30
Where: Ocean Beach at Balboa Street

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Complete Guide to Paying for College: Q&A with Author Leah Ingram

I've now hit that phase of life - my first child is starting to look at colleges. When I started this blog, she was in 2nd grade. Yes, it goes quickly. Yes, we've been saving money for college, but is it enough? The financials are overwhelming!

I was excited to that my friend and colleague Leah Ingram just published The Complete Guide to Paying for College. Leah writes about useful and practical ways to save and spend money. She's the kind of person who has your back. She's put one kid through school and another is currently enrolled. She knows her stuff.

In addition to reading the book (which I'm doing now), I wanted to do a Q and A with Leah, to give you more info on paying for college and give you some hints about what's in the book.

There's a ton of books out there on paying for college. Why is yours different?

I believe that The Complete Guide to Paying for College is different than other books out there because it focuses exclusively on middle-class families. Pew Research says 51 percent of American families are considered to be middle class. I don't put income limits on my definition of the middle class, because in some places earning six figures still leaves you in the middle class. Rather I like to describe it this way. We are the families that never earned enough to fully fund a 529 college savings plan but we make too much to qualify for traditional need-based financial aid. At the same time we don't make enough to pay for college out of pocket. Given that we need to find creative ways to pay for college, and that's what I believe the book provides.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bay Area Menorah Lightings 2014

all events are free

What:  Rabbi Peretz Mochkin in lighting the 1st candle of the Menorah
When: December 16
Where: Ghirardelli Square
Activities: TBA.

What: Bill Graham Union Square Menorah Lighting
When: TBA
Where: Union Square
Activities: music, latkes, activities

What: Latkepalooza
When: Monday, December 14, 2014, 1-3:30 (candle lighting is at 3:30)
Where: PJCC, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City
Activities: live music, kids' activities, singalong, latkes and kosher wine tasting (for the adults!). Bring canned food to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank

What: Burlingame Chanukah Celebration
When: Tuesday, December 16 from 6-7
Where: by the Apple Store - 240 Park Road, Burlingame
Activities: live music of Jonathan Bayer, latkes, menorah lighting

What: Festival of Lights Community Hanukkah party
When: Thursday, December 18 from 6-7
Where: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto
Activities: puppet show, dreidel workshop for kids, jelly doughnuts, latkes, candle lighting


Menorah Lighting with Chabad Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School (MP room) in Sunnyvale (1030 Astoria Drive). Free Arts and crafts, candle dipping, lighting the ice menorah, hot cider, balloon twisting, music, latkes, sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), Hanukkah "game show," food (nominal charge), RSVP requested.

When: December 17, 2015 from 4-6
Where: Santana Row (Park Valencia)
Activities: kosher treats, entertainment, dreidel decorating, story time with PJ Library

Menorah Lighting with Chabad Sunday, December 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Bay Center in Emeryville. Enjoy live music from the Rockin' Rabbis, latkes, gelt, an ice menorah, a sing-along and face painting.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Focus group: Clothing!

Okay, so this isn't a traditional focus group, but rather a clothing thing. I'll just post details and you can see for yourself. This is a legit market research company.

They're looking for a women for a two 2 phase study in San Francisco beginning September 15th and ending October 2nd.

Phase 1: (45 minutes) You must first complete an initial written survey and then participate in a fitting exercise. You'll have to try on a tight-fitting outfit (i.e. leotard, form-fitting tank top with shorts) to help them collection of your exact body measurements (including height and weight) and then be photographed in it by a female researcher. Pay = $125

Phase 2: (90 minutes) requires that you try on multiple garments and be interviewed about the experience. As you’ll be trying on a variety of casual outfit pieces, such as t-shirts, pants, jeans and a dress, you’ll need to wear everyday underwear and the type of bra that you’d wear if you were shopping for a t-shirt. Pay = $200

If interested, fill out their pre-survey at: