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Ways to Give Back This Week: Plant Trees in SoMA, Spruce up the Conservatory of Flowers, Pack Art Boxes for Kids

Although we write a lot about indulging ourselves in food, drinks and sweets, sometimes it feels even better to do stuff that's good for others. Here are a few ways you can lend a hand in the next couple of weeks to people & places that really need it.

Our Favorite Bike-Friendly Bars

With all the new bike lanes being added to our city streets, we figured it was appropriate to celebrate SF's "bike-friendly" watering holes. Here's a list of some tried and true favorites:

Nine-Day Fat Tire Bike Fiesta in Lake Tahoe This Weekend

Fat Tire beer is throwing a summer fiesta this weekend that will make mountain biking enthusiasts drool.

Weekend Sherpa: Bike Riding Sawyer Camp Trail in San Mateo

If your idea of two-wheel fun is a car-free and paved path through a nature symposium then we've got a match for you. The Sawyer Camp Trail near San Mateo is 6 miles (one-way) of cruising cushiness along two reservoirs, Crystal Springs and San Andreas. Inline skaters, hikers, and baby strollers also enjoy this popular trail most weekends.

San Francisco Bike Coalition's Ice Cream Ride Tomorrow

Your childhood ice cream shop probably wasn't as foodie-focused as San Francisco's shops, and your childhood bike was smaller than your city bike, but few things scream "childhood" like the combination of ice cream and bicycles. Grab your bike, a lock, your allowance, and get nostalgic this Saturday, August 14 with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's second annual ice cream ride. The approximately eight-mile route will hit five of San Francisco's delicious creameries, beginning at Xanath on Valencia St. at noon—and you'll work off calories between stops! Follow SFBC on Twitter to catch up with the group if you're running late. The ride is free for members, with a suggested $5 donation for non-members.

Transported: The City's 270 New Smart Parking Meters, Found!

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 lines and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

Where to Get Warm (and Vitamin D) Less than 1.5 Hours Away

It's supposedly the coldest San Francisco summer in almost 40 years. That means you can pretty much bet that Outside Lands is going to be one foggy, cold music celebration. While you can warm yourself with the festival's galaxy of food and wine offerings, shivering to Al Green classics under four layers of clothing isn't everyone's cup of tea.

Boxwars 2010 in Dolores Park: It Was a Savage Battle to the End

Battling bitter cold yesterday, the participants in this year's Boxwars Battle really flew those freak flags high, bringing out their inner warriors for an epic battle of cardboard in Dolores Park. 

Filmed on top of that green storage container, you can see a samurai, a giraffe, some sort of car, a robot and bunches of other cardboard warriors savagely duking it out for victory in this video, posted yesterday on Mission Mission. Though it's still nothing compared to what goes on in Europe or Canada, our mini version looks pretty badass.

Before Justin Herman Plaza's Court, Where to Get Your Bocce Ball On in the City

Earlier this week, Curbed reported that Justin Herman Plaza could get two bocce ball courts in the next few years. Hello, new lunchtime activity. 

In the meantime, satisfy your urge to bocce at one of the city's current courts:

Ways to Give Back: SF Chefs 2010, Cleaning Up Lake Merritt & More

Although we write a lot about indulging ourselves in food, drinks and sweets, sometimes it feels even better to do stuff that's good for others. Here are a few ways you can lend a hand in the next couple of weeks to people who really need it.

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