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Win passes for you + your kid to a sleepover at the Academy – this weekend!

It’s summer and that means it’s time for fun, out of school adventures. Which should include one of the most unique overnight experiences you can have in San Francisco – sleeping over at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

Several times a year, the Academy of Sciences hosts their Penguins & Pajamas event, inviting families to enjoy a fun night of activities, including a sleepover in the African Hall, Aquarium, Lower Swamp, or Islands of Evolution areas of the Academy.

Each sleepover includes a host of fun activities like planetarium shows, live animal demonstrations, exploration of the Rainforests of the World exhibit, as well as a fun late night snack, and breakfast in the morning. And just in case you didn’t get to see everything on your sleepover night, you also get free admission to the Academy for the following day.

One of the best benefits of attending Penguins & Pajamas is that the Academy is far less crowded than normal. We stopped in to check it out when they first launched the event, and loved the freedom, space and time we had to leisurely enjoy everything the Academy has to offer.

We’ve teamed up with the California Academy of Sciences to give away free passes to one adult and child for this Saturday’s (June 15) Penguins & Pajamas event (includes admission for one adult and one child, plus overnight parking). To enter, you must live in the 94118 or 94121 zip codes, and be available to attend this Saturday’s overnight. To enter, fill out the entry form by 12noon on Thursday, June 13. We’ll draw a winner at random and notify by end of day Thursday.

Click here to enter for a chance to win Penguins & Pajamas passes

For more information on the Penguins & Pajamas event, visit the Academy website for full details on the event schedule, what to bring, and more. And if June 15 doesn’t work for you, there are additional family sleepovers coming up on October 18th, November 8th and December 28th.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Jon K who won the drawing!

Sarah B.

5:10 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Kids | Comments Off

YMCA Standup Comedy benefit at Neck of the Woods, June 13th

This Thursday, Neck of the Woods (406 Clement) will host the YMCA’s Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser, featuring local, professional comics.

The lineup of local comics in this year’s show are Shanti Charan, Colleen Watson, Joe Tobin, Sandy Stec, and Ronn Vingh.

This is a 21+ event, and tickets are $15 per person. They can be purchased online, at the YMCA front desk on 18th Avenue, or the night of at the venue for $20.

Doors open at 7pm, the giggles start at 8pm. So go get some laughs and support the Richmond District YMCA!

Sarah B.

5:10 am | Posted under Events | Comments Off

Local Links: No more Fulton RVs?, Groc Outlet update, Nunnery closing & more

Happy Thurday-almost Friday-yay the weekend! Here are some local links to keep you occupied…

  • The SFMTA is moving ahead with a program to limit the parking of oversized vehicles on the city streets, including Fulton Street in the Richmond District. Fulton is known for having large RV’s and campers that park for long periods of time. New, no overnight parking signs will be posted and violators will be fined $100. The initial pilot will run for three months.
  • Real estate website Socketsite has renderings of the new Grocery Outlet that will go into the old Delano’s Market space at 6333 Geary. In addition to upgrades inside, the exterior will sport “metal canopies and murals on the building’s west facade”. Plus new landscaping. They’re in front of the Planning Commission this afternoon, who has recommended approval of their plans. Thanks to reader Cath for the tip.
  • Get Thee To The Nunnery, a women’s clothing store on Clement near 10th Avenue, will be closing their doors at the end of June. The store has been in their location for nearly 30 years, and the owner is retiring. In 2011, they won a “Best of SF” award from SFWeekly for “Best Literary Clothing”. We know they have a lot of fans and will be missed! Stop in to say adieu. “Truly fabulous. There has not ever been a time that I have been in this store where I have not found something so amazing, so unique, and so special.” – Rachel B., Yelp. Thanks to reader Mary for the tip.
  • This Saturday, the first Chipotle Cultivate Festival is taking place in Hellman Hollow from 11am until 7pm. Dubbed as a “food, ideas, and music festival”, attendees can enjoy goodies from local chefs and farms, plus live music from the likes of Mayer Hawthorne and The Walkmen. Free admission.
  • Just when you think you know a Sesame Street character… Remember that creepy guy who dressed up in an Elmo costume and harassed some kids and parents at Rossi Park last October? He made his way back to NYC and is currently on trial for trying to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts (he used to work for the organization).
  • In crime updates this week… In 2009, sushi chef Ryosuke Yoshioka was brutally murdered in the parking lot of the Office Max on Geary and Arguello by Peter C. Fong, a mentally ill man who was experiencing a psychotic break, according to his lawyer. Late last month, Fong was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a mental hospital. [SFGate.

    And in a murder from 2000, the state Supreme Court reinstated the second-degree murder conviction of Tari Ramirez, who fatally stabbed his 28 year old ex-girlfriend Claire Tempongko, in front of her two children in her Richmond District apartment. Ramirez will continue serving his sentence of 26 years to life.
12:19 pm | Posted under Business, Crime, Events, Golden Gate Park | 10 comments

Free San Francisco Folk Festival at Presidio Middle School, June 8 & 9

This Saturday kicks off the 37th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival which takes place right in our neighborhood at Presidio Middle School (30th Avenue & Geary).

The festival is two full days of music and dance workshops, concerts, dance parties, crafts, vendors, formal and informal music-making, and fun for the whole family. All ages and musical interests are welcome. All events and workshops are open to anyone who wants to drop in and participate or just listen.

Check out the full list of performers for the festival here, which runs on both Saturday and Sunday from 12noon until 10pm.

Performers range from bands like Blind Lemon Pledge (Delta and Chicago blues) to The Easy Leaves (“this dynamic duo headlines some of the biggest venues in town with their catchy country folk sounds”) to the Lighthouse String Band (Irish and Scottish traditional music). There is really something for every musical taste at this festival!

If you want to soak up the atmosphere and learn something too, check out the extensive schedule of workshops and jam sessions. There’s a Beatles Sing and Play Along, a CJBA Jug Band Jam, a Flash Mob Choir, and instructional sessions like How to Run a Successful Pickers’ Circle.

Admission to the festival is completely free. If you can’t walk or bike there or take public transpo, there is on-site parking at the school lot for $8.

Sarah B.

5:10 am | Posted under Events, Live Music | 2 comments

Get your photo taken with the America’s Cup at the Legion of Honor, Sunday

Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget

In honor of their new Impressionists on the Water exhibition that opens this weekend, the Legion of Honor will have a special item on display this Sunday: the America’s Cup trophy.

A little history on the impressive trophy:

In the more than 150 years since that first race off England, only four nations have won what is often called the “oldest trophy in international sport.” For some perspective, consider that there had been nine contests for the America’s Cup before the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896.

The America’s Cup trophy will be on display on Sunday only, from 9:30am to 5:15pm, in the Legion’s Gallery 12 (on loan from its current home at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club).

Come by to see the trophy up close and have your photo taken with it. Then don’t miss the Impressionists on the Water exhibit, celebrating pleasure boating and competition, and featuring more than 80 paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro and Post-Impressionists such as Maurice Denis and Paul Signac.

Sarah B.

5:20 am | Posted under Events, Museums, Sports | 1 comment

Free Multicultural Children’s Art Fair at the RDNC this Sunday

Hip-hop dancers at last year’s festival

This Sunday is the 26th annual Multicultural Children’s Art Fair, taking place at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (741 30th Avenue near Cabrillo).

The festival runs from 12noon until 4pm and features youth performers, hands-on arts and crafts, carnival games and a bake sale.

The event is free so stop by with your family o Sunday for some fun!

Sarah B.

5:08 am | Posted under Art, Events, Kids | Comments Off

Birding events for adults & kids at the Botanical Garden, June 1

This Saturday, San Francisco Nature Education is offering free birding classes for both adults and kids at the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Birding for Everyone | 10am – 12pm
A naturalist will lead a hike through the exciting micro-habitats of the SF Botanical Garden and spot a variety of local and migratory birds. Meet near the bookstore inside the main gate of the SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Free field journal provided to children. Please bring binoculars if you have them, and a pencil for recording bird sightings.

Birding for Kids and Families | 10am – 11:30am
The Saturday walk begins with a mini-class-show and tell on calls and songs, beaks, bones and wings. This monthly program is oriented toward young students and their families. All youngsters must be accompanied by an adults. Please bring binoculars (if you have them) and a pencil. Adults $10, children free.

Sarah B.

5:15 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Kids | Comments Off

Memorial Day ceremony at USS San Francisco Monument, Sunday

Photo by Ingrid Taylar

This Sunday from 12noon until 1:30pm, the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation will host a special ceremony in honor of Memorial Day.

The USS San Francisco Memorial Park is located at Lands End, in the parking lot below Fort Miley (map).

The monument is located in the parking lot and is “dedicated to the 100 Sailors and 7 Marines killed in action during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal 12/13 November 1942, and to all the men who served, fought and perished during the 17 major battles in which this heavy cruiser participated during World War II, from 7 December 1941 at Pearl Harbor, to the last battle at Okinawa, and the surrender of Japan on 2 September 1945.”

In 1942, the USS San Francisco was the first Navy warship to receive the Presidential Unit Citation from Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Sunday’s ceremony will honor past veterans, with special mention being made to a former USS San Francisco shipmate, the late Louis M. LeHardy, US Navy.

In attendance will be San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California State Senator Leland Y. Yee. Full press release

Sarah B.

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