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Eat It: Free Scream Sorbet and Burgers, plus Homebrew!

Back to school: Learn how to brew beer.

TODAY! Free Scream Sorbet

Well aware that this week is hitting us all like a ton of bricks, Cooking Channel is sending out its ice cream truck to the Ferry Building TODAY, where, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., they'll be dispensing free Scream Sorbet. Free. Scream. Sorbet. Remember to say thank you.

Joy of Sake at Yoshi's

If you're ready to whet your whistle with 178 different types of sake, get thee to Joy of Sake at Yoshi's this Thursday, September 9. There, you can sample junmai, ginjo and daiginjo varieties for a number of producers, along with small bites prepared by Yoshi's chef Sho Kamio. Tickets are $65; visit joyofsake.com to buy.

Dee Vine Wines and Jardiniere Team Up for Riesling Dinner

Explore the world of Riesling alongside the experts from Dee Vine Wines at a special three-course dinner at Jardinière on September 13. The $45 meal includes a gulf shrimp crudo, followed by pork schnitzel, and concludes with poached pears with black pepper millefeuille. The price includes wine pairings for all courses. Reservations are recommended and can be made at jardiniere.com.

Homebrew How-to

If pickling and jam-making are now old hat, consider taking up homebrewing. This class at 18 Reasons, taught by Bryan Hermannsson and Patrick Horn, is part one in a two-part series and will instruct you on the ins and outs of making your own beer. Part two (sold seperately) will demystify non-alcoholic (that is to say, root and ginger) beers. The class is $25 for 18 Reasons members, $35 for the general public, and tickets can be purchased here.

Donate Blood, Get a Free Balboa Burger

Should you need an extra push to do good, here goes. Donate blood at the Balboa Cafe Blood Drive on September 15 (from 1:30-7 p.m.) and Balboa Cafe will reward you with a free burger. It's that simple! Visit bloodheroes.com, click on the "donate blood" tab, make an appointment and use the sponsor code "Balboa SF." Go donate, then stop into Balboa Cafe anytime that week for your burger.