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Feb-18-2010

How the Academy penguins celebrated Valentine’s Day

Paper hearts and penguins – this is just too cute. [Note that the video has no sound] – Sarah B.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Valentine’s Day Penguin Show & Tell program that took place on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010. Biologist Pam is distributing hand-made valentines to the birds, who will use the material in their nests. This type of enrichment activity is something we do often to keep the birds engaged and it mimics the foraging that wild African penguins do year-round to keep their nests comfortable.

And here’s Academy penguin “Tag”. She has arranged the valentines hearts into her nest, layered among the leaves. African penguins don’t tend to shred materials as some other birds do. They often take whole items and arrange them in a thick layer. Some of the female penguins at the Academy are fastidious about nest arrangement while others are a little less obsessive. ”Tag” is currently sitting on 2 eggs.


More on the penguins at the California Academy of Sciences

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 4:46 pm | Posted under Golden Gate Park, Museums | 1 comment
Feb-17-2010

Sample Richmond District wines this Sunday

Further proof that you never know what interesting things your neighbors are up to…

This Sunday a special event is taking place called “Word Up” Wine Tasting where you can sample homemade wines from members of WORDUP: Winemakers of the Richmond District, Upper-Panhandle, and Presidio.

The WORDUP winemakers range from small garagistes to well-known labels (Qupé, PlumpJack) with strong San Francisco connections. And apparently some of them even live and produce wine right here in our neighborhood (see list of winemakers at the event).

The tasting event benefits the Friends of the SF Public Library’s Neighborhood Library Campaign, which is raising money to renovate 24 branches across the city. Come out to the event to try some new wines and meet your neighborhood vintners.

“Word Up” Wine Tasting takes place on Sunday, Februray 21st at Fort Mason Center from 2 – 5pm. Purchase tickets ($50) online or for more information, contact Sara Bassett at sbassett@friendssfpl.org or call at 626-7512 x106.

It’s a pity King Tut won’t be there with his bottles.

Sarah B.

[via SFWeekly]

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 12:41 pm | Posted under Events, Food | 2 comments
Feb-17-2010

Two guys take on the Pho Garden Challenge

Remember the Pho Garden Challenge? It’s the contest at Clement Street’s Pho Garden Restaurant where the object is to get through what amounts to three bowls worth of Pho in an hour. They bring a MASSIVE bowl to your table filled with two pounds of noodles and two pounds of meat.

The prize? Your meal is free and you get your 8×10 on the wall of champions.

Two guys, Gus and Big Jon, who are the stars of the We Eating video series, took on the Pho Garden challenge and filmed it for us to enjoy. Watch their pho adventure in the video below. Did they have enough pho-cus to win the challenge?

Sarah B.


[via SFWeekly]

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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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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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