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Half Moon Bay: The Disneyland of Pumpkins

Trading its usual seaside chill for a brilliant month full of shades of orange, Half Moon Bay morphs into the Pumpkin Capital each and every October, and it all culminates with this very weekend: the annual Art & Pumpkin Festival.

Get Over Seasonal Affective Disorder in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

Need a little sun in your life?  Of course you. If it's heat and an all-night party you desire, make your way south to San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Here are our recommends for where to stay, play and eat.

Arab Film Fest Opens Thursday

This Thursday, the 10-day long 13th annual Arab Film Festival will kick off with an opening night reception at the Castro Theatre, first with the Noor Awards at 6pm, followed by a special screening of Pomegranates and Myrrh at 7:30pm.

In the week that follows, films and tributes will take place in San Francisco (Oct. 15-18), San Jose (Oct. 17-18), Berkeley (Oct. 23-25) and Los Angeles (Oct. 23-25).

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Apologies! Due to Monday-itis, I forgot to include two very important items, both Hellenic in nature, in today's Report.

On Friday, the White House announced that President Barack Obama appointed super Dem donor, activist and philanthropist Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis (of Sacramento and San Francisco) ambassador to Hungary.

As we (sometimes) say, Συγχαρητήρια!

November 7:

Drink Up to Timbuk2's New SF-Bar-Themed Bags

San Francisco-based Timbuk2, popular for its contemporary, streamlined bags that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, has introduced a new line of packs named after local bars. And, since the crew behind Timbuk2 loves an excuse to party, they're hosting a week-long bar crawl starting on Monday--and inviting the community to come out and join them. So strap on your Timbuk2 bag and head out to one of the below locales for fabulous drink specials and a chance to win Timbuk2 goodies. Sounds like an excuse to party to us.

No Cigars for Michael Jordan

No stogies for cigar aficionado Michael Jordan at Harding Park this weekend. His Airness, an honary assistant to Fred Couples (HUH?) has been told that cigars are not allowed on the course during the President's Cup. But we're guesing the $100 fine isn't going to deter the greatest basketball player on the planet. Peanuts, peanuts.

Your Fleet Week Survival Guide

It's that time of year again when the military swarms the city to party and show off their bad-ass fighter-jet moves.  Yep, it's Fleet Week, a 28-year-old San Francisco tradition that draws over one million people every year (cha-ching, local businesses!)

As wonderful as this all sounds, San Franciscans are strongly divided about all the bruhaha. 7x7 office banter ranges from "I love it with every cell in my body" (wow) to "Fleet Week is a glamorized depiction of a reality" (ouch). So for the lovers and the haters, here's our list of the seven ways to survive the weekend.

Il Cane Rosso to Raise Money for Soul Food Farm

Just over a month ago, a devastating fire wreaked havoc on Soul Food Farm, a 55-acre chicken and egg farm situated in Vacaville. Flames engulfed the trees, the old 1880's barn burned to the ground, and more than 1,000 baby chicks died as a result. Firefighters were able to put a stop to the burning before more animals were killed, but the damage was already done.

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A round-up of not-to-miss, upcoming events: Get 'em while they're hot!

October 14:

ARCS Foundation Dr. Sally Benson, Director of the Global Climate & Energy Project at Stanford University, is honored with the 2009 American Pacesetter Award at this annul luncheon benefitting the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists’ scholarship fund. 11:30 a.m. Wed., Oct. 14. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., San Francisco. Tickets: $80, $130 and $200; $800, $1,300 and $2,000 (table sponsors). (415) 561-6538.

October 16:

Good Deeds Rewarded: Free Admission to Disney

If you've always dreamed of visiting Disneyland in Anaheim--or its successor, Disney World in Orlando--but been deterred by the ever-growing and lofty pricetag, now's your chance to finally go...for free.

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