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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.

East Panhandle Water Fountain: The Cleanest in the City?

For those with OCD tendencies (like this author) public drinking fountains are faint-zones. But when the thirst hits, sometimes you just have to suck it up. Now there's an app called OasisPlaces that both finds and rates public drinking fountains. Its rallying cry is for the reusable bottles/tap water cause (the app was created by Thermos), but I think its better application is for the avoidance of typhoid. I kid, I kid, I'm sure all of our public drinking fountains would pass non-OCD health inspections.

Fight or Be Recycled at This Year's Boxwars Battle

Two years ago, a strange phenomenon called Boxwars invaded Dolores Park like a small Roman Army high on LSD. A group of cardboard-clad warriors with all manner of taped-together cardboard weapons swung and stabbed at eachother until one champion was left standing.

Last Chance to Experience Historic Transbay Terminal This Friday

Tomorrow is the last day the public can take tours of the historic Transbay Terminal building before it gets demolished and a new "Grand Central Station-West" structure gets erected in its place. Tours will be given once an hour from 12-4 pm.

Golden Gate Park: A Map of Park Activities

From baseball to boating, dancing to disc golf. GG Park is a players paradise. Click around the map below to find out where to play tennis, roller skate, lawn bowl, boat, swing dance, golf and play baseball.

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Trivial Pursuits: The Best Pub Quizzes in SF

Alright, so you're overeducated and underpaid. But there is one arena where the underdog becomes overdog, and the useless degree becomes useful: bar trivia night. Gathering a group of like-minded friends and a couple of pitchers at one of these events can be a perfectly blissful way to pass a weekday night (and discover previously unknown penchants for 80's music or geography on the path to victory). Here are five of the city's best trivia nights. Wage slaves be forewarned: trivia is a weeknight pastime, as it's usually a way for bars to attract customers who otherwise wouldn't show up outside the weekend.

Weekend Sherpa: Hiking Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Try a different kind of liquid refreshment in Napa Valley: a year-round burbling stream flowing through a shaded redwood forest. Ritchey Creek is the centerpiece of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park just north of St. Helena. Miles of hiking trails can be found in the park, including a leisurely 4-mile loop that ambles alongside the creek, far from the traffic noise of Highway 29.

Walk among the easternmost coastal redwoods in the state, as well as maples, oaks, and madrones; the tall tree-cover cools things down when Napa Valley's summer heats up.

Run Baby Run!

What does everyone want to do before running a marathon? Well,  naturally, run another marathon. San Francisco never ceases to amaze me. Already teeming with sporty types of all varieties—surfers, skiers, rock climbers—cityslickers aren't content with just casually enjoying their activities, they're hungrily searching for the next challenge in a game of one-upmanship that apparently has no end.

Itinerary: A Long Weekend in Mendocino

Like a lot of small towns along the coast of Highway 1, Mendocino is a village unto itself. Quaint bed & breakfasts, mom-and-pop shops, organic coffee houses—you have a beautifully quirky place sought by visitors and guarded by locals. In a nutshell, it's the perfect long weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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