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Feb-17-2010

What is allowed at the Botanical Garden?

SFWeekly have a funny post today asking, “What’s Left To Do at Strybing Arboretum?” after noting the extensive prohibited behaviors sign at the entrance to the Botanical Garden.

Hey, we appreciate that there are things you shouldn’t do at a classy arboretum like Strybing. But we have to admit — this sign is just a bit unintentionally hilarious. We believe the one just above the “No stealing food from squirrels’ mouths” is “no taxation without representation.”

What the heck is the symbol that’s third from the bottom? No leaf dancing?

Sarah B.


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 10:04 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park | 9 comments
Feb-17-2010

Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic Update

Thursday is when Jimmy O’Keefe and supporters of his Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic event will go before the Rec & Park Commission to appeal the earlier decision that denied them their 2010 permit. The meeting is at 1pm in City Hall, Room 416. If you want to help get the event back in Speedway Meadow in October 2010, go and show your support. If you can’t attend, sign the online petition.

Jimmy spoke to the Examiner recently about the showdown. He’s hired two attorneys and his daughter has filed the appeal which will be addressed at Thursday’s meeting.

The Rec & Park Commission’s biggest beef seems to be about the damage that the cars have on the grass of Speedway Meadow (apparently this is also Supervisor Eric Mar’s chief complaint). Why this was never questioned in the first 20 years of the event is a mystery.

The article also says that Jimmy’s permit in 2009 was $8,300, up from $1,650 in 2008. If he does get approved for Speedway Meadow this year, the permit would cost $9,000. And that’s assuming they get the non-profit rate.

The Rec & Park Department says they have offered Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic four alternate locations for that same day in October, but never heard back from organizers.

If the event can’t be in Speedway Meadow, where would you like it to be? Vote in the poll below to choose from one of Park & Rec’s recommendations, or leave a comment.

Sarah B.

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 6:15 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 9 comments
Feb-16-2010

Clothing, toys and sports equipment sale at Star of the Sea, Feb. 20

This Saturday, Star of the Sea School (360 9th Avenue) will hold their second annual Kids and Adults Clothing, Toys, and Equipment Fundraiser Sale. Stop in to shop for gently used goods that will help fund the school’s new Centennial Science Laboratory.

The sale will take place on Saturday from 12:30pm – 3:30pm in the school’s auditorium. Admission is $1 for adults, free for kids. For more information (or to donate or volunteer), contact Doris at dorismccarthy@yahoo.com.

Sarah B.



A drawing of the Star of the Sea Centennial Science Lab, housed adjacent to the gymnasium

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 1:35 pm | Posted under Kids, Schools, Shopping | Comments Off
Feb-16-2010

Think on this


Rodin’s “The Thinker” at the Legion of Honor. Photo by Jeff Scott SF

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 10:19 am | Posted under Art, Museums, Photos | Comments Off
Feb-16-2010

Free admission to King Tut at the de Young, Feb 20-21

The Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit will be leaving the de Young on March 28. If you haven’t seen it yet, make some time this weekend because you can get in free!

Tickets will be available on site only, with a limit of four tickets per adult for that day. All tickets are first-come, first-served and timed and dated. In other words, you may get there in the morning but receive tickets for an afternoon reservation. Free means being flexible! :)

But wait, there’s more! The permanent collections of the de Young will be free to the public all weekend and free programming will include children’s art making, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, belly and sword dancers and a dj spinning in Wilsey Court, as well as a festival of mummy movies screened from 12noon to 5pm in the Koret Auditorium.

More details over at SFCitizen.com. Don’t miss this chance to see the Boy King for free!

Sarah B.

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 6:01 am | Posted under Free stuff, Golden Gate Park, Museums | Comments Off
Feb-15-2010

Neighborhood foodies unite

Every year, 7×7 magazine puts out their “100 Things to Try Before You Die” list that includes the best dishes and treats at San Francisco restaurants. These Richmond District items made this year’s list:

13. Soup dumplings at Shanghai Dumpling King
17. Samusa soup at Burma Superstar
62. Dim sum at Ton Kiang
63. Meatballs with grapes at Aziza

One Richmond District resident has started a new tradition from the list with a group called “100+ Things”. Scott and his friends host an open dinner party at their large apartment at Geary & 17th Avenue every few months. Friends, neighbors, fellow foodies and Facebook friends are invited to sample some of the items on the “100 Things to Try Before You Die” list.

For most events, they have 5-10 of the items on the list brought in. Total cost works out to be no more than $25-$32 per person. And for some events, they meet at restaurants and/or bars as a group.

If you’d like to be part of the tasting party, join the Facebook group to get updates on the next event. Scott thinks the next one will be later this month.

Sounds like a great way to try some good food and meet some new friends.

Sarah B.



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 12:46 pm | Posted under Community, Food | 2 comments
Feb-15-2010

Paul’s Hat Works appears on “Eye on the Bay” (video)

The ladies of Paul’s Hat Works are becoming celebrities before our very eyes. Watch their segment from a recent episode of Channel 5’s “Eye on the Bay”, where the show profiled Mom & Pop factories in the Bay Area.

Sarah B.

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 6:16 am | Posted under Business, Video | 1 comment
Feb-14-2010

Love among the flotsum and jetsam

Happy Valentine’s Day! – Sarah B.


Photo by rsprague116

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 12:01 am | Posted under Photos | 1 comment
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