Life's a Stitch
Self-taught sewing skills just so-so? The gals at Craft Haven in Potrero Hill offer a three-part learn-the-basics package called “The Works” that turns your butterfingers into instruments of needle-and-thread wizardry. Dates ongoing, 520 Hampshire St., crafthaven.org
Decorate your old hardcovers 18th century-style with paste papers. The SF Center for the Book teaches this glorified finger-painting technique using pattern-inducing materials such as Bubble Wrap, plant leaves and sponges. June 26, 300 DeHaro St., 415-565-0545, sfcb.org
Here's a little piece of grilling heaven—right in the city. Perched on a grassy expanse nearly the size of a soccer field, Fort Miley is a geographic slice of gastronomic delight hidden behind Lands End. To reach its solo grill, make a short climb up a road through a dense forest, then emerge onto a private plateau with giant views of Ocean Beach all the way down Sloat Boulevard. This is a truly secluded playground, so bring the bocce, the burgers, and your best suds and buds. While there, explore the WWII military structures and stroll north up a little path that leads to a fresh, stellar view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Fort Miley grill is often available for walk-ins, especially on weekdays.
If you notice Sparky clicking his paws with his eyes shut tight, there's a good chance he's thinking, There's no place like Funston. San Francisco's popular Fort Funston is a dog's dream, bringing pooches out tails a-wagging, as they enjoy the windswept dunes. Hang gliders share the area, taking to the sky like flying monkeys. Bring your best friend for a quick hike down to the parks's wide-open beach. To get there, you and your four-legged pal will have to hoof and woof down a sand ladder. Then, relish in this magical canine coastline backed by 30-foot high cliffs as fetch is played in all directions. Fairy tails do come true!
Sometimes it's okay to cheat on Napa with California's other wine country destination, the Central Coast (especially since Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church made it look pretty fun in Sideways). And Sunset Mag's four-day SAVOR the Central Coast food and wine festival is the perfect chance to do it. The city of Paso Robles is running a contest on their Facebook page to win tickets to Savor’s grand tasting on Oct 3rd and two tickets to the "Paso Glow" dinner on Oct 2nd (a total value of $420).
Nearly 15 miles long and about 1 mile wide, Tomales Bay is a finger-shaped waterway burbling with wildlife. Get in the thick of it on a two-hour morning kayak tour with Blue Waters Kayaking. Starting from the Inverness put-in, paddle the western shore over undulating ribbons of thick eel grass, staying on the lookout for lion's mane and moon jellyfish, as well as elusive bat rays.
Tomorrow is ladies night at the Giants game, of the power-suit variety. 7x7's Executive Publisher Susie McCormick will be speaking at the "Orange Is The New Pink" (yep) 1st Annual Women's Networking event, a mix and mingle affair for Bay Area women across all industries.