By Matt Wilson, @wilsonstcomms

SUNNYVALE ART & WINE FEST: For the 43rd  year, downtown Sunnyvale is laying out the red (how red?) carpet for the summer season with its annual Art, Wine & Music Festival. The two-day event is Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. It runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Put on by the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce, there’s an estimated 350 artists slated to be in attendance, a live band and of course wine. If you’re not into wine, you can sip margaritas, sangria, champagne, beers other refreshing beverages.

For the younger crowd who can have grape juice, but not yet fermented grapes, there will be carnival rides. Pets are not allowed at the event, according to organizers.

Let Caltrain be your designated driver. Hop aboard and ride to the Sunnyvale Station. Walk across the street to historic Murphy Avenue for the festivities.

UNION STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL: This weekend, Union Street from Gough Street to Fillmore Street in San Francisco will be filled with music, arts and crafts, food beer and wine. The 42nd incarnation of the Union Street Music Festival is set for Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. It runs 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., both days.

Admission is free and event organizers say it will feature more than 24 live bands throughout the five blocks of the festival. The entertainment areas will showcase five different genres: Jazz, Blues, Country, Bluegrass and local bands.

You can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station and take a healthy walk to the event, or ride SFMTA buses near the event. Check the agency’s website prior to the event for service changes as the event’s street closures could affect typical routes.

APPLE CONFERENCE: If you’re thinking about attending Apple Inc.’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference this week, you might want to consider riding Caltrain each day to San Jose. The conference is set for Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8, at the McEnery Convention Center.

The event, now in its 29th year, will be “home to the world’s most creative developer community, who come together every year to share unique perspectives and learn about the future of Apple’s breakthrough products and services,” according to a press statement by the Cupertino-based company.

Here’s a hack for all you coders and programmers: avoid Bay Area highway traffic and get more time to  work, play, and surf on your MacBook, iPad, iPhone, or just about iAnything these days, by way of public transportation. Take Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Station. You can take a roughly 20-minute walk to the convention center, or take one of VTA’s light rail trains. A Mountain View or Alum Rock train will get you there.

BUDGET CHALLENGE: We are in the waning days of the Get Us Moving Budget Challenge.  Residents can chime in before Friday to take the challenge, which lets the public create their own budget and decide how they would spend $2.4 billion in potential transportation funding based on their own priorities.

It’s all part of Get Us Moving San Mateo County, a collaborative effort between the San Mateo County Transit District, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, partner agencies and organizations. Resident can attend a final town hall event on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. Participants will hear a short presentation on the Get Us Moving SMC outreach effort. Attendees will then participate in a live, interactive budget crafting exercise where they will have the opportunity to give direct feedback on where they think transportation and transit funding should go.


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