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Kristin Luna

Half Moon Bay: The Disneyland of Pumpkins

Trading its usual seaside chill for a brilliant month full of shades of orange, Half Moon Bay morphs into the Pumpkin Capital each and every October, and it all culminates with this very weekend: the annual Art & Pumpkin Festival.

Get Over Seasonal Affective Disorder in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

Need a little sun in your life?  Of course you. If it's heat and an all-night party you desire, make your way south to San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Here are our recommends for where to stay, play and eat.

Arab Film Fest Opens Thursday

This Thursday, the 10-day long 13th annual Arab Film Festival will kick off with an opening night reception at the Castro Theatre, first with the Noor Awards at 6pm, followed by a special screening of Pomegranates and Myrrh at 7:30pm.

In the week that follows, films and tributes will take place in San Francisco (Oct. 15-18), San Jose (Oct. 17-18), Berkeley (Oct. 23-25) and Los Angeles (Oct. 23-25).

Drink Up to Timbuk2's New SF-Bar-Themed Bags

San Francisco-based Timbuk2, popular for its contemporary, streamlined bags that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, has introduced a new line of packs named after local bars. And, since the crew behind Timbuk2 loves an excuse to party, they're hosting a week-long bar crawl starting on Monday--and inviting the community to come out and join them. So strap on your Timbuk2 bag and head out to one of the below locales for fabulous drink specials and a chance to win Timbuk2 goodies. Sounds like an excuse to party to us.

Il Cane Rosso to Raise Money for Soul Food Farm

Just over a month ago, a devastating fire wreaked havoc on Soul Food Farm, a 55-acre chicken and egg farm situated in Vacaville. Flames engulfed the trees, the old 1880's barn burned to the ground, and more than 1,000 baby chicks died as a result. Firefighters were able to put a stop to the burning before more animals were killed, but the damage was already done.

Good Deeds Rewarded: Free Admission to Disney

If you've always dreamed of visiting Disneyland in Anaheim--or its successor, Disney World in Orlando--but been deterred by the ever-growing and lofty pricetag, now's your chance to finally go...for free.

Snakes, Drummers and Whoopi Goldberg: The New Academy Turns One!

This Saturday, the new-and-improved California Academy of Sciences celebrates the one-year anniversary of its reopening. First established in San Francisco in 1853, the dressed-up 100,000-square foot space in the middle of Golden Gate Park is completely eco-friendly and now encompasses an aquarium, planetarium and museum all rolled into one—it’s the only institution of its kind in the world. Even the top of the building is utilized to further the recurring theme of sustainability and diversity: The Living Roof comprises two-and-a-half acres of 1.7 million native species carefully planted and picked for their ability to flourish in the park’s climate.

Pierce Brosnan and Other "Heroes" Honored for Ocean Activism

Last night, Pierce and Keely Brosnan were just two of nine honorees--albeit, the most famous ones present--who received nods at the Coastal Heroes Awards for their ocean advocacy by the California Coastal Commission and Sunset magazine.

The Great (Urban) Race Hits SF This Weekend

It's baaaaaack. This Saturday, don't be alarmed if you pass groups of frenzied women on quests for obscure historical city facts or middle-aged men channeling superheroes. It's all a part of the madness that is the GO Urban Adventure Race. The race is part of a growing trend "civic exploration days" that have been ping-ponging across the country with the goal of getting people off the couch and out exploring their own cities. (Go Urban is a "technology based city-wide scavenger hunt loaded with physical and mental challenges.")

Pierce Brosnan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Other Activists to be Honored as Coastal Heroes

The California coastline is nothing to be taken lightly. Spanning 1,110 miles and housing an array of aquatic life--cormorans, pelicans, sea otters, jellyfish, sea lions, gray and blue whales, seals, great whites sharks, just to name a few--it's one of the state's proudest attributes. Eighty percent of California's residents live within an hour's drive. It's highway, the scenic State Route One, is one of the most traveled roads in the country. Yes, people just can't seem to get enough of the California coast.

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