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The Mission Bicycle Festival & Tour De Fat Take Over the Mission & Golden Gate Park This Weekend

If you've got a bike and a free day this weekend, get pedaling to the Mission Bicycle Festival. It's a two-day celebration of all things two-wheeled that kicks off on Saturday with a three-mile ride from Mission Bicycles at 776 Valencia to Golden Gate Park's Tour De Fat.

Transported: Muni's Most Scenic Bus Routes

Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

A lot of us see Muni only as a means to an end, and that's mostly what it is. But that isn't to say you can't enjoy yourself for $2: let Muni take you on some scenic SF tours (sans parking hassles). Below are some of our favorite bus routes. Tell us some of your favorites in the comments.

Dead Whale at Ocean Beach

Sad day.  A dead whale washed up this morning (full of shark bites) to Ocean Beach between Lawton and Kirkham streets. Photos by citystoke at stokereport.

Weekend Sherpa: Napa's Table Rock Trail, a Little Hike With Big Views


For a little hike with big views, pack the wine and cheese and head for Table Rock Trail in northern Napa's Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. The shaded trail rises moderately for 1 mile before reaching an overlook with pop-up-book vistas of green hills and vineyard-latticed valleys, not to mention the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Simply sit back and savor the views or scramble over and around the overlook's Volkswagen-sized boulders before returning the way you came. Afterwards, visit one of the best mom and pop wineries in Napa—Vincent Arroyo. While many boutique Napa wines start at $50 a bottle, Vincent Arroyo's prices average in the low $30s. The two resident black labs, JJ and Bodega, will welcome you to this off-the-beaten-path winery that's been making award-winning petite sirahs since the early '80s. Vincent Arroyo tastings are generally by appointment, but don't let that stop you—they happily welcome drop-ins, too.

Weekend Sherpa: Head to the Yurts!

Yurts are traditionally found on the vast steppes of Mongolia. But perched high above the Pacific Ocean, in California's own Big Sur, the quirky Treebones Resort offers all-yurt accommodations—though the Mongols wouldn't recognize the polished pine floors, queen-sized beds, and cozy quilts to keep you warm. All yurts feature wooden decks from which you can watch the water churn below.  And the large communal hot tub overlooking the ocean is a nice way to warm your bones while watching the sun sink below the horizon. If you're inspired to explore, Treebones' homemade guidebook offers detailed information on nearby hikes and beach walks. One favorite local pastime is jade-hunting along Jade Cove.

01SJ Build Your Own World Biennial in San Jose Reimagines the Future

Attention all Bay Area gadget freaks, design nerds and forward-thinking people: the Tech Museum in SOMA is participating the mind-expanding 01SJ Biennial celebration Build Your Own World in San Jose from September 16th through the 19th. The art show presents hundreds of artworks, performances, events and artist talks that imagine the future of the world and have also begun to build towards it.

Transported: What's the Deal with Parking on the Dolores Park Medians?

Welcome to "Transported", our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

A hot button issue for people in the 7x7 offices with cars is how, why, when and where parking on the Dolores and Valencia Street medians is legal. And besides, doesn't it seem strange for a liberal town like San Francisco to mix church and state?

White Caps & Night Caps Annual Event To Benefit St. Francis Memorial Hospital

Spend tomorrow night toasting the St. Francis Memorial Hospital's Bothin Burn Center, the only facility in SF dedicated to helping heal burn victims.  Starting at 6pm, float across the Bay to Tiburon for this year's White Caps & Night Caps event fo a swanky night and a good cause.

Aloha-Out to Win Trips to Hawaii

Do you know what sounds really good right now? Hawaii. And do you know what sounds even better? Going for free.

We were just alerted to Starwood Hawaii and Sony's "Show Your Aloha" photo contest, wherein the best photos of you Aloha-ing out win fabulous vacation packages to the islands. Just upload photos that showcase "what Aloha means to you" to the Starwood Hawaii Facebook page between now and September 30 for a chance to win trips plus Sony camera gear. http://www.facebook.com/StarwoodHawaii

Do it. It's hump day. This will give you hope.

Ways to Give Back This Week: Helping San Bruno Explosion Relief Efforts

Here are some ways to do your part in helping out the victims of the San Bruno explosion last week.

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