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Transported: Learn About SF Through Cool Bike Tours

Welcome to "Transported", our 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.

Habitual bikers will tell you that seeing San Francisco by bike is a perspective-changing experience. In less than an hour, you can whiz through a myriad of neighborhoods and past picturesque parks, tiered and gabled buildings and the gigantic gothic structures of the FiDi.

SFFF's Annual Toy Drive: Donate Toys & Get A Lap Dance For Charity

A bunch of gentlemen's clubs around town, like Larry Flynt's Hustler Club, Roaring 20's, the Condor, Centerfolds, Little Darlings and more are hosting the SF Fire Fighters' Toy Program to collect holiday goodies for kids.

On Saturday, November 20th, the toy drive kicks off its ongoing collections at these clubs through December 19th. Bring a new, wrapped toy or monetary donation and you'll receive free admission to the club of your choice. Dancers will also be giving lap dances for charity all night long.

Holiday Pop-Up Shop from Chronicle Books & Zinc Details Debuts Tomorrow

Though it's long before Black Friday, it's probably time to start strategizing so you can avoid the rabid, gift-grabbing masses. Here's an idea: head to Comfort & Joy, a new holiday pop-up shop from Chronicle Books and Zinc Details that debuts tomorrow from 6-8pm.

Remember when we got excited about bocce ball courts around the city? Get ready for the new one coming to Justin Herman Plaza, opening next week!

Here's to a Fine Crop of Movember 'Staches

It's mid-November, which means that by now, a cohort of males across the globe have some pretty fine 'staches going for Movember, a month-long pledge to forgo the razor in an effort to raise money (and awareness) for men's cancers. In 2009, global Movember participants raised about $42 million.

Ice Rinks Open for Skating Domination

Although this 80 degree weather is a welcome November surprise, here's to hoping it won't melt the ice at the Embarcadero and Safeway Holiday rinks, which are now open for you to get your Kristi Yamaguchi on. Check out our Look of the Week to get outfitted for apres-skate.

And this Friday at the Embarcadero, national hero Captain B "Sully" Sullenberger will lead the annual holiday lighting of Embarcadero One, Two, Three and Four (followed by fireworks), to ring in the holiday season in the FiDi.

Burn Thanksgiving Calories at the 8th Annual Turkey Trail Trot in GG Park

Here’s one way to build up an appetite and whip yourself into shape this Thanksgiving—sign up for the eighth annual Turkey Trail Trot, the city’s one and only T-day race. Head over to Golden Gate Park’s polo fields bright and early (start time is 8:30 a.m.), and you’ll find yourself among a few hundred holiday enthusiasts decked out as pilgrims, Native Americans, and giant turkeys. The perks? Expect a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, prizes, and the satisfaction of knowing that your entry fee benefits Lowell High School’s track and field team. If the sheer good of it isn’t enough to entice you, perhaps the numbers will—the five-mile run burns 600 calories; the three-mile walk burns 300.

Parking Quiz Answer! How to Reserve Your Very Own Parking Spot in SF

A few hours ago, our parking guy David La Bua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, challenged you guys to guess just what it takes to reserve your own parking spot in the city. The surprising answer is revealed below!

How Much Should You Expect to Spend on a Reserved Parking Spot in SF?
A)   $0 per month because I’m special

B)   $400 per month in a private garage

C)   $200 per month in a city owned garage

D)   $125 per month in a city owned garage if I’m a carpool

E)   $75 per month for a motorcycle in a city owned garage

F)    All of the above

amFAR's Black Tie San Francisco Fall Gala Honoring the Fight Against AIDS

This Friday, November 12th, amFAR's black tie San Francisco Fall Gala sweeps through the Four Seasons Hotel to honor local luminaries and philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman, as well as SF Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, all of whom have given their time in the fight against AIDS.

Ask a Vet: Your Pet Questions, Answered by the SF SPCA

Welcome to the first installment of our weekly 'Ask a Vet' feature on Last week, you all posed some great pet questions for the vets at the SF SPCA. They've enlisted their Head of Shelter Medicine Program, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer two of your questions every Thursday. So ask away in the comments! Didn't see your question answered? Follow the SF SPCA on Twitter, where they conduct live chats every Wednesday at noon.

Here's a little information about Dr. Jennifer Scarlett:

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