Spice up your lunch break and get in your good deed for today. From noon until 2 pm, hard hitting SF Giant Cody Ross will be signing baseballs for the first 300 people to get down to Cost Plus World Market and donate a minimum of 5 non-perishable food items to benefit the SF Food Bank. It'll be a good chance to keep living out joy and ecstasy over that little World Series win, for charity, of course!
Cost Plus World Market, 2552 Taylor St., (415) 928-6200
Christmas trees are lighting up everywhere, and today the sparkle comes to 555 California, for their 4th annual tree lighting with two very special guests, pop singer Natasha Bedingfield and 49ers tight end (and this year's dashing Hot 20 Under 40 cover guy) Vernon Davis. Hussle down there at 4:15 pm to get a good view of all the action.
Four reindeer trotted into the San Francisco Zoo this past Saturday and have proceeded to blow kids' minds wide open. According to the Chronicle, children were gasping at the sight of them, astonished they didn't have wings to fly with Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.
Holly, Velvet, Peppermint and Belle, who have been munching on grass and locking their horns in play are visiting the Zoo for the holidays. They're just kids themselves--each only about 18 months old.
Yes, this is the sport you couldn’t make sense of during the Winter Olympics. Curling combines the finesse of golf with the strategy of chess, and involves two teams alternately sliding 16 granite rocks down a sheet of ice toward a target. While one teammate slides, two others vigorously sweep (with brooms) the ice ahead, melting it slightly and lubricating a path to victory. The team with the most stones closest to the target wins.
Finally, the solution for the OCD camper—REI’s camp mini kitchen is a compact carrying case with enough compartments to keep even the most organized packer sane. A collapsible aluminum tabletop folds up nicely into the front pocket, a metal frame expands out to form a solid work surface, a two-burner stove tucks away underneath the case, and there are storage pouches galore (including several specifically for wet and dirty cookware).
$100 at REI, 840 Brannan St., 415-934-1938, rei.com
Time to show off that double lutz—the city’s skating rinks are up and running.
After 20-plus years as the city’s largest outdoor rink—and our personal favorite, given its amazing views—the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center is a wintertime ritual for many San Franciscans. It opens every day at 10 a.m., closing at 10 p.m. on school nights and 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. As is custom, Bing Crosby will serenade your gliding (or flailing). Prefer surf and sun to ice and cold? Come weekly for “Aloha Fridays,” when the rink’s winter wonderland decor goes tropical and Hawaiian Airlines offers a chance to win airfare for two to Hawaii.
It's that time of year again—time to but out your panniers or giant bags and pedal around the city for the SF Food Bank. Now in its fifth year, the Supermarket Street Sweep sends riders all over San Francisco to shop for groceries that will go to help the Food Bank feed needy families this holiday season. The totals have risen steadily every year, with last year's riders bringing in a whopping 7,507 lbs of food.
Who doesn't have fond memories of gluing together ramshackle gingerbread houses with snow-white frosting and candy decor in elementary school? Well, the gingerbread architects at the Palace Hotel are lightyears ahead in their mastery of building starchy structures than we ever could have imagined, and this Friday, November 26th you can see their work on full display and vote for which you think is the most magnificent until December 31st, all for a good cause.