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SF Giants Andres Torres & Sergio Romo To Help Celebrate Holiday Heroes 2010

Local sports luminaries, 7x7 and other sponsors are banding together at AT&T Park on Tuesday, December 7th to raise awareness for children in need this holiday season.

Tree Hunting: The Best Places to Cut Down a Christmas Tree in the Bay Area

Okay, there might not be a lot of snow right  now in the Bay Area (Seattle is another story), but post-Thanksgiving marks the time to bundle up, grab some bungee cords and head out to find your perfect Christmas tree. Here are some places to chop a dandy.

WallinFarm 840 Ferguson Road, Sebastopol, (707) 823-6973

Opening on Black Friday, avoid the city chaos and head to this cozy, 6-acre mom-and-pop farm in rural Sebastopol. It's a peaceful setting, perfect for spotting a picturesque Douglas fir for your living room. And you won't have to sacrifice a few Christmas presents to be able to afford one of their trees. For a tree about 9 feet tall, you won't have to pay more than $70. Their last day of chopping is on the 22nd of December.

The Outer Sunset Comes Out of "Bleakness"

The New York Times Travel Section dedicated a photo essay last Sunday to our very own Outer Sunset, repping driftwood hotspots like Mollusk Surf, Trouble Coffee, General Store and Danny Hess' sustainable surfboard shop.

7 Favorite Charities: The Shanti Project Works With AIDS and Breast Cancer Patients

A few weeks ago, we asked you to nominate your favorite local charities. Check out the seven you chose as your favorite in the city here, who will each be receiving a $700 gift from us.  We've also been profiling each of these on our website. Don't forget to vote for your favorite to be featured as a "Charity You Love" in our February issue!

The Puppies and Kitties Are Coming! Sneak Peek at the Macy's Holiday Windows

Get excited: The SF SPCA kittens and puppies are coming tomorrow to the Union Square Macy's windows. They're going to look cute and you're probably going to want to adopt one. Macy's gave us a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at their construction efforts this morning. Check back tomorrow for photos of the little guys in action in their new playpen.

Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA: Hypoallergenic Dogs and Yeowling Cats

Welcome to the second installment of our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on They've enlisted their Head of Shelter Medicine Program, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer two of your questions every Thursday. Last week, she tackled cat poop and dog incontinence and this week she's onto yeowling cats and canine allergies. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

From Gizmodo to Scuttlefish: A Definitive Guide to Oceanic Fun in San Francisco

With the Ocean Beach jellyfish invasion, the tragic death of surfer Andy Irons and Kelly Slater winning his 10th World Title, the ocean's been on the collective brain. For a concentrated dose of ocean-talk every day, head to The Scuttlefish, a new site helmed by Gizmodo editor Brian Lam, who lives in the Outer Sunset. Scuttlefish's an eclectic homage to all things under and over the sea, with daily posts on off-the-beaten track ocean tidbits.

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.

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