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“Penguins to Polar Bears” Sunday Streets – this weekend in GGP, Great Highway

This Sunday is the next installment of Sunday Streets, when areas of the city get closed off to traffic so residents can play!

This Sunday, portions of Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway will be completely closed to traffic, making it a great chance to get out and walk, run, bike, rollerskate – pretty much anything goes. Indulge in car-free wanderlust all the way from the Academy of Sciences (“Penguins”) out to the SF Zoo (“Polar Bears”).

Dozens of activities, live music and performances will line the route along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway. Popular programs include free bike repair, skate lessons and rentals, music, dancing, and more.

So dust off those bikes, scooters and other wheeled vehicles and come out to enjoy our streets with your neighbors! Sunday Streets runs from 11am until 4pm, this Sunday.

Sarah B.

5:12 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 2 comments

Join the “Where’s Waldo?” scavenger hunt on Clement Street in July

Merchants along Clement Street (and on some side streets too!) are taking part in a “Where’s Waldo” scavenger hunt during the month of July.

Waldo is hidden in twelve different shops up and down Clement Street. To get started, pick up a free passport at Green Apple Books (506 Clement).

Then go find as many Waldo’s as you can up and down Clement Street. With each sighting, you’ll receive a stamp in your passport from the merchant.

Once you’ve gathered 5 stamps, stop back at Green Apple for a Waldo sticker and a $1 off Waldo book coupon (first 100 customers).

If you get 10 stamps, show your passport at Green Apple again to be entered in the July 31 raffle for a chance to win on of the following: a Waldo postcard book; a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books; a gift card to Q restaurant; a $25 gift card to Green Apple; a Kobo Mini; or other prizes!

Green Apple will host a Waldo party on July 31 to award raffle prizes.

The deadline to participate is July 30. So get over to Green Apple soon to pick up your passport and start hunting!

Heeeeere, Waldo…

Sarah B.

5:11 am | Posted under Events, Kids | 1 comment

Free “Science Saturday” workshops at Mt. Lake Park, July 6 & 20

Mountain Lake Park is undergoing a lot of changes. A new restroom is being finished, the lake is being cleaned out, and park groups are working towards a $3.15 million playground renovation that will begin in March 2015.

Next month, the Presidio Trust is hosting two free “Science Saturday” workshops, where the public is invited to come learn more about the ecosystem of Mountain Lake, one of the few remaining natural lakes in San Francisco.

Saturday, July 6th | 1pm-2pm
Mountain Lake Underground and Underwater: The History of Mountain Lake and its Environs

Join archaeologist Kari Jones to learn about the ongoing research into the cultural and natural history of Mountain Lake. She will discuss results of limnological coring of lake sediments that took place prior to dredging and what this research can tell us about the formation of the lake and the prehistoric environment. She will also discuss what is known about the Native Ohlone occupation of the Presidio and the Spanish Colonial settlement that followed. By presenting the geological, limnological, archaeological and historical data, she will summarize what is currently understood about the lake along with the many questions that remain unanswered.

Saturday, July 20th | 1pm – 3:30pm
The Lichens of Mountain Lake

Shelly Benson, president of the California Lichen Society, will explain what lichens are and show some examples of various lichen structures, then lead an exploration of the lichen habitats of Mountain Lake, talking about where to look for lichens, lichen ecology, and why lichens are important.

Workshops are free to the public, and meet on the lake beach, below the playground which can be accessed at Lake Street and 12th Avenue.

For more information on these talks or others in the “Science Saturdays at Mountain Lake” series contact Jason Lisenby at jlisenby@presidiotrust.gov.

Sarah B.

5:05 am | Posted under Events, Parks | Comments Off

Great attendance at first Clement St. Farmer’s Market; many vendors sell out

Sunday was the first Clement Street Farmer’s Market, taking place from 9am until 2pm on Clement between 2nd and 4th Avenues. And despite the heavy fog and looming rain, there was plenty of people checking it out and buying.

We arrived around 12:30 and the market was bustling. There is a great variety of vendors in the market offering organic fruits and vegetables, olive oil, tacos, organic eggs, honey, gluten-free baked goods, fresh juices and much more.

Clement Street’s Q Restaurant had a booth, selling their tasty pulled pork tacos.

There was plenty to do for kids as well. At the corner of 2nd Avenue there was a mechanical bull ride, and at the 4th Avenue end, a bouncy house and a giant, great white shark slide.

Even by 12:30pm, many of the vendors were sold out, posting signs and thanking shoppers for supporting the first week of the market.

Attendance was a mix of residents and visitors to the neighborhood, many of whom were asking vendors how long the market had been going on. Word will spread quickly that the Richmond District now has their own Sunday market.

Local merchants along Clement were also seeing an uptick in business thanks to the market. We stopped in Cumaica Coffee on the corner of 3rd and Clement, who said they were having a record day thanks to the market. The staff in Seedstore Clothing said they had also seen a nice stream of traffic into their store.

It was a great first week for the market. We’re looking forward to it being a weekly event in the neighborhood.

Sarah B.

8:19 pm | Posted under Events, Photos, Shopping | 18 comments

Ed Sheeran, Sara Bareilles headline free Summerthing concert in GGP, Sunday

This Sunday, Alice Radio 97.3 is hosting their annual Summerthing concert at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park from 12noon until 5pm.

In the lineup this year is Ed Sheeran (“The A Team”), Sara Bareilles (“Love Song” as in I’m not gonna write you one), Ginny Blackmore (“Bones”), and Finish Ticket, a local indie pop band from Alameda (appearing in reverse order on the schedule).

So pack your blankets and layers, head out to hear some good music and dine on some gourmet concert grub.

Rock on!

Sarah B.

5:07 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Live Music | 2 comments

City approves Clement Street Farmer’s Market; first one on Sunday, June 23

Gather up your reusable bags because a Farmer’s Market is coming to Clement Street!

Today was the final hurdle to the market happening – needed SFMTA approval of the street closures and bus reroutings that are required to accommodate the Sunday market. We got word via Foggy Notion’s Twitter that everything was approved at the SFMTA meeting:

That means the first market will take place on Sunday, June 23 (yes, in just 1 week!). The market will be run by the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), which currently runs other markets at Stonestown, Civic Center, and in other Bay Area locations.

The Clement Street farmer’s market will feature a wide range of local products, including eggs, milk, cheeses, meats, plus children activities, and live music. The market will also provide matching dollars for “food stamp” users, and additional bike parking.

This initial approval is for a 6 week pilot of the market, which will run on Clement Street every Sunday between 2nd and 4th Avenues from 9am until 2pm.

Sarah B.

12:05 pm | Posted under Events, Shopping | 24 comments

National Pollinator Week spreads over Golden Gate Park, June 17-23

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for a lesson about the birds and the bees… Hang on – we’re talking about REAL birds and bees! ;)

Next week, Golden Gate Park is the site of celebrations and special events for National Pollinator Week, devoted to learning more about the birds, bees, butterflies, and other creatures that help plants reproduce, e.g. the key pollinators in our ecosystem. All the big players in Golden Gate Park are participating – the California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, and Botanical Garden.

The week is made up of special events about all aspects of pollination. Stop by the Academy of Science’s living roof to explore the lives of pollinators including birds, bats and bees (June 17, 19, & 21 at 1:30pm). Or pop in on the Academy’s “Birds & Bees” themed Nightlife on Thursday night and groove to DJ Eric Sharp.

The Academy of Sciences is also hosting a chat with an Academy Botanist Tom Daniel, who will share intriguing tales of how plants use the power of attraction on animals (June 22 at 2pm), and on June 22 & 23 at 2:30pm, join in for a 30-minute nature walk, exploring gardens and groves that surround the Academy.

On Saturday, June 22 from 10am until 12noon, the Conservatory of Flowers hosts “What’s the Buzz?”, where kids can get hands on learning about pollination. Pot your own zucchini plant to take home, see the kinds of foods we eat that are the result of pollination, examine a demonstration beehive courtesy of the SF Bee Keepers Association, and get a temporary butterfly tattoo. And don’t miss the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit while you’re there.

Also on Saturday from 12noon to 2pm, the Botanical Garden hosts a Honey Tasting & Pollinators Tour, featuring an array of honey flavors and textures harvested locally by Robert Mackimmie of City Bees, a guided pollinator garden tour and a discussion of urban beekeeping.

Get your buzz on!

Sarah B.

5:02 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | Comments Off

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