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Let the Holidays begin!

San Francisco is such a beautiful city, and this Tree Lighting ceremony is the perfect way to start off the holidays: friends, carols, lights, music, pagentry, hot chocolate. (Best to dress in layers – it can be chilly!  BAH! My Chicago friends say!)

It is ALWAYS the Friday after Thanksgiving – a yearly tradition for many. Forget about Parking! This fun celebration is usually very crowded and parking is difficult so take BART/Muni and come early to find a good spot  before the celebration begins.  Make sure to walk along Union Square + Maiden Lane and look into the lovely decorated windows.   MAP TO UNION SQUARE

Aquarium of the Bay


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 13, 2013 – Aquarium of the Bay has officially been renewed as a certified Green Business of the City and County of San Francisco. As a San Francisco Green Business, Aquarium of the Bay has once again met the high environmental standards set by multiple City agencies, including SF Environment, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to reduce waste, prevent pollution, and conserve resources. Aquarium of the Bay has served as a Certified San Francisco Green Business since April, 2005, and was among the first businesses to be green-certified in San Francisco.

This Aquarium is a Must-See when you are on the Embarcadero. It is the right size for kids to see, learn, understand and experience. Their continued efforts on education and green practices are EXEMPLARY!!  –– editor

In order to be recognized as a San Francisco Green Business, Aquarium of the Bay had to meet environmental standards in four areas: waste reduction, water conservation, pollution prevention, and energy conservation. Below is just a small sampling of how Aquarium of the Bay has continued to meet these standards over the years:

Waste Reduction:

  • Aquarium of the Bay has maintained a waste diversion rate of over 80% over the past few years, sending less than 20% of waste generated here to the landfill, and instead composting, recycling or reusing.
  • Use of composting bins throughout the Aquarium for staff food waste, animal feed waste, and Bay Theater concessions waste.
  • All events rely on reusable or compostable materials, including plates, cups, napkins and cutlery.

Water Conservation:

  • Low-flow faucets and toilets increase in-house water conservation.
  • Additional low-flow screens to water sources further conserve water throughout the building.

Pollution Prevention:

  • In 2011, Aquarium of the Bay gift stores discontinued the use and sale of single-use plastic bottles for water and soft drinks.
  • Batteries, light bulbs, paint, e-waste and other non-recyclable or compostable materials are separated for proper disposal or pick-up.

Energy Conservation:

  • Several locations within the building are retrofitted with energy efficient light bulbs to reduce energy consumption.
  • Motion activated timers are installed on machines to power down when not in use.
  • Use solar energy to power parts of the PG&E Bay Lab exhibit.

Aquarium of the Bay’s mission is to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. Therefore, it is important to the Aquarium to reduce its carbon footprint and continue to find ways to improve on green initiatives that will not only make an impact on the environment locally, but on a global scale as well. To learn more about Aquarium of the Bay’s green initiatives, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org/conservation.

About Aquarium of the Bay:

Aquarium of the Bay is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit nature center affiliated with The Bay Institute, with a combined mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed-from the Sierra to the sea. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco. Located next to the beautiful San Francisco Bay and on the world famous PIER 39, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Dedicated to the diverse marine life and ecosystems of the Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is home to approximately 20,000 animals found in the Bay and along the California coast. Additional information about Aquarium of the Bay is available at www.aquariumofthebay.org.

Build, Do, Learn, Try it OUT!

Noisebridge Does Classes!

They do all sorts of events and lessons, from lock-picking to programming circuits, and web development.
There are less techy gatherings, like: “Learn & create calligraphy, lettering, fonts, handwriting, and all things letters.”

You can Build Cool Things with Electronics

No, this is not a boring long class in C++.  Nightbridge is a fun open space welcome to anyone interested in the creative uses of technology, Circuit hacking night.  Pick a kit (fees will apply): LED cube, Atari Punk Console, Hello My Name Is Badge in lights, and many many more.
Noisebridge will provide all of the tools and instruction. Make a present for the sweet nerd in your life, or create something new that you can show off to your friends. Best of all, have fun learning something new, while hanging with your nerdy, I mean uber cool E&A friends (I’ll be first in the nerd line!). We can head out for a drink and some food nearby and share our creations.
Bring cash for your kits ($10-50) and note that Noisebridge is a non-profit that survives completely on donations.  While Circuit Hacking Night is free donations are welcome and accepted.

Stern Grove, Free Concerts Every Summer

Stern’s Grove offers a wide variety of music every summer. Opera, Symphony and more, check out their schedule.

It’s Free on Sundays in the Summer. You can download a festival guide, or get the phone app.

Located in the Park between 19th Ave and Sloat

It’s been going strong since 1938. Bring a blanket, rent a Pink Picnic Table, enjoy the day. There are even pre-event talks to learn more.

For More Free Music…. Try these venues:

    • Santana Row in SJ
    • Redwood City Events (most days all summer long)
    • San Carlos, Brittan Park
    • Redood Shores, Foster City Music on the Shore
    • Many Restaurants in the Bay Area have live music, ask and you’ll love it. (Try Cafe Claude or Sheba Piano Lounge in SF, or many of the wine bars in SF and SJ)
    • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk , they also have great beach movies, in addition to concerts



Come Out and Play, Innovation Testing Sandbox

AND you can volunteer, it takes a community, right?
Come Out & Play Festival
For JULY the Monthly theme is

Playtesting Bash: Try Out Brand New Games
Come out and play with SandBox: a monthly designing and play testing event sponsored by Come Out and Play SF.
Each month there is a different theme and sometimes a special location, so check back here for an update of this month’s theme!

sandbox mail header

It’s like an open mic night and game jam and hacker’s night, but specifically for real world games and participatory experiences. There is a different theme each month and anyone can come and try out something new.  Bring a game you want to try, get some feedback, or just show up and play! It’s always new and always fun.
400 Treat Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

Hidden Speak Easy – Going Back in Time

Has the world of toxic waste, locating organic produce and paint recycling worn you out? Don’t stop now, just take a fun refresher at a local period bar! You’ll love going back in time!

Enter a world set back in time where the cocktails were a secret and the nightlife full of energy. Mingle with friends and meet some new ones, while you sip some of the best cocktails made in SF.

Make a reservation at the Local Edition Speakeasy, so that you’ll have tables set up.  You can be impromptu and head to their common room for a drink or one more after your reservation is over.  Be PROMPT.

691 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 795-1375

A Local Mingle – The Press Club

Try a fun mingle at the Press Club. They have an upscale wine bar, a large selection of wines, with a rotating group of wineries on hand to let you sample different wines and try new things. It’s also a great starting point for conversation, and, if you need some food, Press Club has a menu of small plates to satisfy the need for munchies. This is a beautiful place to consider for large events (9000 sq ft.)

There are many events, discussions, wine tasting, gathering to watch various sporting events and more. Each Month an artisan vintner is highlighted and featured.
Non-profits can host a “Drink for Dollars” event – all you need is a cause and a group of friends!
The Annual Harvest Event is Sunday, September 14 2014, 3:00pm – 5:00pm  -celebrate the beginning of harvest with a tasting event featuring some of our favorite wines.
Location:  located two blocks from both Union Square and the Moscone Convention Center, next to the Four Seasons Hotel.
20 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Historical Twin Peaks Adventure Hike in SF

A before hike plan? Stop off at Spike’s Coffee and Teas  (4117 19th St San Francisco, CA 94114)

Get ready for a great hike in SF loaded with lots of exercise, magical views, and a mini adventure:

Head west toward Twin Peaks.  It will get steep quickly on this, 3 mile Intermediate hike.  Trust me, you will get plenty of fun exercise.

These slides are FUN! Since they are side by side, you can race!

You’ll have worked up an appetite once you are done- grab an outside table or order food to go at the Duboce Park Cafe for a lovely lunch.  You don’t want to miss this wonderful hike in SF!

Don’t Swim with the Fishes, just Watch!

It’s a late night event- you love it during the day, but this is quite different and elegant! You can enjoy the glorious setting, enjoy dressing up, spend quality museum time with friends. It is the place to be.
The California Academy of Science is home to the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and a 4-story living rainforest.
Ca Academy of Science
Come explore the Steinhart Aquarium which houses more than 38,000 animals; be taken aback by the Morrison Planetarium which provides a highly accurate and interactive view of the universe; discover the history of the earth and the course we’re on at the Kimball Natural History Museum and explore the rainforest . . . all on a Thursday Night!

Every Thursday from 6-10pm the California Academy of Sciences hosts NightLife by transforming the museum into a 21 and over venue complete with cocktails, music, and mingling! That means no crowds, no children & no strollers and half-price admission.

Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
Location: Music Concourse Dr. in beautiful Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

please note: The Academy of Sciences does not hold tickets at Will Call,and it is hard to find people inside, so if you are meeting with a group of friends, be organized and allow for traffic and time to find parking, so you can arrive as a group.

Plugz Electric Bikes

Plugz Sometimes you need a bit of help on the hilly SF and Marin County streets… this is a fun way to go farther and up more hills than you have before! PLUGZ rents electric bikes, they also have sunset tours. They are one of the biggest groups in the Bay Area.

The cost is around $40 for a tour, $10 / hour and if you can get a group together it is less.

Photos to inspire you!

LOCATION: 550 North Point (Between Jones and Taylor)
San Francisco, CA

Sometimes you’ll find special intro deals like this one… on Got Daily Deals.