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Experiences for Christmas – Not What you could GUESS!

MagicBand, meet magical money I believe gifts are best given when they are EXPERIENCES. Skip the bright bows and big boxes and give your time, enthusiasm and have some fun. Your friends and children will remember this forever. And since I have many adult friends that go to visit the MOUSE quite often… I know they too… this fun filled paradise.  There is something new and cool available now – a way to pay without hassle. THAT SOUNDS MAGICAL TO ME.   CHECK OUT MAGICBANDS!!  Easy to wear it streamlines tickets, hotels, purchases and it’s waterproof!  It gets you through the turnstile or quickly on your way after a purchase – it is a contactless payments pad (just type in your pin)o n your wrist.

It works almost anywhere at the Disney park and has a 2 year battery. (is that in case you don’t want to come home?)

Just bring your Divers License or suitable ID and leave all your Credit Cards at the hotel. No more wondering where you put the CC after the coke spilled down your leg and you were trying to buy an embroidered set of mouse ears. (Yes it is personal experience! ) Have more fun, soak in all the laughter and experiences.

Food Business School – Lectures & Conversations


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Kristin Richmond is a co-founder and the CEO of Revolution Foods. Join us on January 11th for a conversation on the revolution afoot in healthy meals for kids and families, and how Revolution Foods has built the leading food business platform for this in the US. Wednesday, January 11 @ 5pm PST Sign up



Celebrate Veterans Day at Golden Gate National Cemetery

On November  11, 2016, there are several events for Veterans Day.

To All Our Veterans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY.   The Avenue of the Flags Committee has posted information on the Annual event for Veterans Day.

Location:  Golden Gate National Cemetery

1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno. CA
Band Prelude starts at 10:30 a. m.
Program will start (as it always does!) at 11:00 a. m. 
We have moved the location of our program back to the rostrum area near the hill with the large flag. You can see it from a distance – look for the flag pole as you enter through the main gates.

Please join Post 409 for a no-host luncheon!
American Legion Hall Post 409
757 San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066

Call (650) 589-3102

Advance reservations would be greatly appreciated. Directions: The Post is easy to reach, near hwy 380 where San Mateo Avenue and Huntington Ave. intersect.  Google Maps link
There are a limited number of complimentary lunches available for Veterans.  Please let us know if you are coming and we will reserve a ticket.  You must bring/provide identification that shows veteran status.

FIL – AM Heritage Month Celebrated in October in Daly City, CA

This wonderful annual event changes a bit every year. It’s always free and family-oriented. Daly City is a large city next to San Francisco, and you may have never stopped there. It is watched over by San Bruno Mountain…. which is San Mateo county’s largest open space area. Come for the fog, fresh air or Filipino cultural events.

This city is home to the largest Asian demographic in California, the Filipino community in Daly City goes back 50 years celebrates this heritage

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The annual Asian American Cultural Festival in Daly City, California, is a family-friendly festival organized by Over the Fog, whose mission is to foster understanding and appreciation of all aspects of Asian American and Pacific Islander culture in Daly City and the greater Bay Area. The festival was inspired by the Asian Heritage Street Celebration and how it has brought together the Asian American community in San Francisco.

Locally renowned disc jockey Keith O, former Daly City Mayor David J. Canepa and Daly City native Melody Ybona Gawliu teamed up to create this wonderful community event back in 2012. Attendees can enjoy arts and crafts exhibits, a Kids’ Zone with games and prizes, a photo station, live entertainment, giveaways and more.

Buscycle – Group Bicycle Pedal Power

Saluting Pedal Power!
There is a “Ride your Bike to Work” day and gas prices help us “convert” from our cars to bikes everyday! Pedaling can be a mere method or it can be an experience.
Take a look at the BUSCYCLE for inspiration! I have gotten to be part of the pedal team, lumbering along at a top speed of 5mph or maybe slower, it was GREAT. Highly recommended. You can see it at Palo Alto Music events during the summer.
Take a look at their gallery:

Party bike – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you love this kind of silliness and innovation, its a mash-up that needs your energy (volunteer) and your donations (send a check).

Here are pictures of a Buscycle in Boston. Not the same as the Berkeley buscycle but still loads of fun!

This buscycle is made of mostly recycled and repurposed parts. Most of the group cycles start out that way, because that is the path of most quirky adventures or “invention on a dare!   The motorized car-like lazyboy was just such a project!


And in San Francisco:  SF BIKE COALITION  they have events, maps and news on the latest trends and difficulties of biking in and around SF.

Love the Place you’re IN! Add MUSIC to your Vacation

Not meant to be a great philosophical discussion – – like “What place are You in?” but rather to mention that when we travel, you can ABSORB the place you are in. I do this with music. You can Google “live music” for any city and come up with a list. You’ll be surrounded by happy locals. Rather than chasing all over the world, to mark off each country, try to make the MOST of your travels. Immerse yourself, learn the culture, don’t merely check it off your list of countries!  It is a part of conservation, to really get to know, to understand, to see an area.

If you are in Hawaii, a favorite vacation spot in the summer, I have loved going to the music places that are everywhere.

In Oahu, try this list of places

Oahu is a hot spot for live music. You can find some of the best local artists performing throughout Oahu, from fine resorts to local bars and restaurants.

You’ll discover music all along Waikiki’s main strip of Kalakaua Avenue, from street performers to local musical legends. Listen to traditional Hawaiian music and watch hula performances at the Moana Surfrider and other Waikiki hotels. Tiki’s Grill & Bar and Duke’s Canoe Club feature contemporary Hawaiian music. Or listen to jazz at the Lewers Lounge in the Halekulani Hotel —Esquire magazine once named this one of the best bars in America.

Beyond Waikiki you’ll find other music venues. Just a few minutes away in the Ala Moana Center — Hawaii’s largest open-air shopping mall — the Mai Tai Bar features popular island music in a lively hot spot. Downtown Chinatown’s urban setting is home to stylish bars and restaurants featuring jazz, rock, acoustic and DJs. For national artists, check the schedule of the Neil S. Blaisdell Arena and Concert Hall or the Pipeline Cafe, both popular venues for touring bands and renowned artists. From Hawaiian music at a local bar to sell-out arena shows, Oahu has a variety of live music spots to discover.

…. but also search out the clubs that do Blues Jams or have “pick up” music sessions. There is joy in walking into a more spontaneous group, working out amazing music that will only be heard once… by you the audience.


There are JAMS all over the SF Bay Area peninsula and south bay.  A few to look up? Try “Biscuit and Blues”, The Little Fox  theatre in Redwood City for Wednesday Blues Jam, the Saloon in Woodside for a lazy Sunday music and dancing, or the ever present music festivals:  Jazz on the Plaz, Redwood City Courthouse, Union Square in SF, there are more in Belmont (Twin Pines), San Carlos (Brittan Park), Palo Alto in Mitchell Park,  really-they are all over.  Shoreline Ampitheatre rounds out the music experience with grass seating and 4-pack tickets. Free or Affordable. Take some time, the music is a special attraction of this area.

San Francisco BAY AREA Blues Jams are all over.

Relax! make the most of your vacation.

Screening on 6/6 of Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West

Recology is very proud to host a screening of “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West,” produced by REDFORD CENTER AND Kontent Films based in San Francisco. Writer/director Mark Decena will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

5:30-6:00: Refreshments/light snacks

6:00-6:15: Introduction/comments by Mark Decena of Kontent Films

6:00-7:00: Documentary Film –  Watershed, executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford

7:00-7:15     Q & A

Location: 900 7th St. San Francisco (a few blocks from the train station), parking is available  in the lot.   DIRECTIONS 

Recology always has enjoyable, informative events, get on their email list for advanced notices.

This film is inspiring, beautifully filmed with loads of details and information. The speakers represent many different viewpoints of how the conservation of water affects them and their communities. You’ll be surprised by some of the adaptions and enjoy the passion of these stories. Very well done! Enjoy watching this great film by Mark Decena.  — the editor

In this documentary film, restoration workers, fisherman and ranchers discuss the future of the most diverted river in the world — the Colorado River. Man’s impact on this critical resource has come at a cost: the river runs dry in parts it hasn’t before, and huge populations are dependent on its water. The story of the Colorado River is in many ways the story of water in the West. And the challenges continue as we struggle with droughts and increased demand for this most precious resource.

What to do: Tickets to this event are free. Please join us. To reserve your tickets, follow the EventBrite instructions.

Together we can help protect the environment.

Recology. Waste Zero.

Baker Beach in SF: Monthly Beach Cleanup

Join the  Surfrider Foundation and green team members from Wells Fargo, Autodesk and happy local San Francisco beach-lovers for a beach cleanup at San Francisco’s Baker Beach.  It’s a monthly event, take a look at their calendar. Baker Beach is near the Presidio, with awesome views of the Golden Gate bridge. Bring a group, carpool, have a great outing and do some good!

The next great event:

World Ocean Day – San Francisco Bay Area
Wed, June 8, 12am – Thu, June 9, 12am

This cleanup is a monthly event, schools come out, moms and kids, folks with dogs all hoist a bucket and walk the beach and dunes picking up trash, keep plastics from being consumed by sea animals and showing we all care about our ocean.

More about Autodesk: they have a great free museum!

More about  San Francisco Surfrider

The San Francisco chapter of the Surfrider Foundation consists of over 1,200 members throughout the Bay Area. We are surfers, windsurfers, dog walkers, environmentalists, fishermen and more. Many members of Surfrider are organized into sub-committees; many are involved with other organizations; and many act on their own when they find the time.

Our chapter consists entirely of volunteers looking to make a difference. We are an organized group, and together with other non-profit, government and private organizations, we can and do effect change in our local area.

Learn more at

San Francisco 2016 Film Night in the Park series

Thanks to the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation, local donations and corporate donations too, the  2016 Film Night in the Park series continues.


Films are free of charge and projected on a giant outdoor screen. All shows begin at 8 pm or dusk and anyone who presents a Wells Fargo debit card at the concession booth will receive free popcorn.




Mark your calendars for the following movie showings:

  • Saturday, June 11  Pitch Perfect (2012) at Dolores Park
  • Saturday, July 23  Finding Nemo (2003) at Union Square
  • Saturday, August 13  The Goonies (1985) at Dolores Park
  • Saturday, August 27  Lost in Translation (2003) at Washington Square Park
  • Saturday, Sept. 10  The Devil Wears Prada (2006) at Union Square
  • Saturday, Sept. 10  The Devil Wears Prada (2006) at Union Square
  • Saturday, Sept. 24  Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) at Dolores Park

Arrive early, spread out a blanket, and picnic while enjoying a movie at one of San Francisco’s beautiful parks. Please avoid bringing chairs.

For more information visit Film Nights San Francisco’s website here.

Autodesk Shows off GREAT Design

This museum is one of my favorites! It has wonderful exhibits that take you on a local tour of great design, innovation, quirky imaginations and offers a wonderful view into design.

Autodesk Gallery is near the Embarcadero in SF and very interesting, especially for a geeky field trip! location: 1 Market St (One Market Plaza) 2nd floor.

There is truly something for everyone: legos, architecture, 3-D printing, art around the world, and fun. They also have a monthly evening event with food, drinks, interesting guest speakers, crafts, and fun (cost about $30).  There is a theme, you’ll find like-minded curious people in attendance!

Make sure to schedule a visit for the museum, whether you try the daytime free, come as you are choice … OR … the have a fun adult night out in the beautiful city, you’ll be glad you came.