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The <span>Best</span> of the San Francisco Bay Area

The Best of the San Francisco Bay Area

Discover San Mateo County & Silicon Valley from fun family events to Silicon Valley shopping and outdoor places to explore.

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Nova Maldonado

Nova is the Community Outreach & Convention Services Manager for the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Art Studio and a minor in Animal Science. Before working at the Bureau, Nova worked as the Special Events Coordinator for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA combining her love of animals, marketing, events, and fundraising. Joining the Bureau in 2018, she now manages partnerships, events, the San Mateo County “As Fresh as it Gets” Program and the Bureau’s Convention Services Program. If you ever need help planning your next event, Nova is here to help with expert advice on all things San Mateo County/Silicon Valley!

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Living in the San Francisco Bay Area you’d think a visit to Alcatraz would be a notch in the ol’ belt, but sadly I had never visited this famous landmark until recently! How did I go so long being a San Mateo County native and not experience this Bay Area icon? Needless to say, Alcatraz is a…

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The holidays can be stressful, especially when it comes to shopping during a pandemic - let alone trying to pick out the best gifts for your loved ones. Luckily, many shopping centers in San Mateo County and Silicon Valley have reopened and offer you the opportunity to find the perfect holiday…

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Okay, Rudolph …. Looking to impress all your reindeer friends? We have the perfect ideas for your 2020 holiday party planning. Does quarantine have you worried or stressed for ideas - well forget the boring Zoom Happy Hour - these easy virtual parties will put the traditional reindeer games to…

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