The year is almost over, but we still have a couple of events to squeeze in! We hope you’ve enjoyed coming out to our events and getting to know us this past year, and we hope to see even more of you in 2011!  Thank you and warm holiday wishes to everyone from your friends at Nakayoshi Young Professionals!

In this update:
12/15/10 – Hyphen Magazine Year-End Community Mixer
12/17/10 – Ice Skating Social
12/15-19/10 – UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Holiday Toy Drive

December 15-19, 2010
UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Nakayoshi is teaming up with the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital this holiday season to support their annual holiday toy drive for their young hospital patients and families.  Please consider giving a gift or donation to the hospital’s Child Life Department that will help in lifting the spirits of all the young patients at the hospital.

If you would like to participate, we will be collecting items for the toy drive this week on Wednesday, December 15 at the Hyphen Year-End Community Mixer or else at our Ice Skating Social on Friday, December 17.  Please e-mail us if you would like to participate, or if you cannot attend either event but would still like to donate.  Gifts will be delivered to the hospital on Monday, December 20. 

More information and donation guidelines are on the Nakayoshi website at:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Hyphen Magazine’s Year-End Community Mixer

Nakayoshi is joining other community non-profits Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and South Bay First Thursdays (SBFT) as co-hosts for Hyphen Magazine’s year-end community mixer event on Wednesday, December 15, from 5-8pm at the Mint Karaoke Lounge in San Francisco. Come celebrate, play in the flip-cup tourney, and support some great community organizations along with Hyphen Magazine with your best karaoke renditions! $2 from every karaoke song will be shared with a partnering non-profit event co-host of your choice!

What:  Hyphen Magazine’s Year-End Community Mixer (21+)
Date:  Wednesday, 12/15/10
Time: 5-9pm
Location: Mint Karaoke Lounge, 1942 Market Street, San Francisco
Price:  Suggested donation $5-10
To RSVP on Facebook, go to:

More event info on the Hyphen Magazine website at:

Friday, December 17, 2010
Nakayoshi Ice Skating Social

Nakayoshi will be enjoying our last social event for 2010 by going ice skating at the outdoor Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center in San Francisco on Friday, December 17, from 7:30-10:30pm.  Come out for one last night out with Nakayoshi before the holidays, and remember to dress warmly! For more information on the rink, go to:

What: Nakayoshi Ice Skating Social
Date:  Friday, 12/17/10
Time: 7:30-10:30pm
Location: Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero, 1 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
Price: Adult – $9, Skate rentals $3.50
To RSVP on Facebook, go to:!/event.php?eid=153312881381353

That’s all for 2010! Thanks again for another great year with Nakayoshi, and we look forward to bringing you guys more social events and volunteer opportunities starting in January!

All Nakayoshi events are free and open to anyone unless otherwise noted. Feel free to forward this message along to your friends or anyone interested. Not on the Nakayoshi e-mail list? Click here to subscribe. Have questions? Want to sign up or RSVP for an event? E-mail Nakayoshi at nakayoshi.ncwnp. For additional information and updates, be sure to check the Nakayoshi blog or find our group page on Facebook! Nakayoshi is a program sponsored by the Northern California Western Nevada Pacific District of the Japanese American Citizens League.