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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.

The Great (Urban) Race Hits SF This Weekend

It's baaaaaack. This Saturday, don't be alarmed if you pass groups of frenzied women on quests for obscure historical city facts or middle-aged men channeling superheroes. It's all a part of the madness that is the GO Urban Adventure Race. The race is part of a growing trend "civic exploration days" that have been ping-ponging across the country with the goal of getting people off the couch and out exploring their own cities. (Go Urban is a "technology based city-wide scavenger hunt loaded with physical and mental challenges.")

Pierce Brosnan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Other Activists to be Honored as Coastal Heroes

The California coastline is nothing to be taken lightly. Spanning 1,110 miles and housing an array of aquatic life--cormorans, pelicans, sea otters, jellyfish, sea lions, gray and blue whales, seals, great whites sharks, just to name a few--it's one of the state's proudest attributes. Eighty percent of California's residents live within an hour's drive. It's highway, the scenic State Route One, is one of the most traveled roads in the country. Yes, people just can't seem to get enough of the California coast.

Sweeten Up Your Weekend at the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

As a bonafide chocolate connoisseur (hey, I'm only female), it's no surprise that the first event that gets jotted down--in pen--in my planner each new calendar year is the annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival.

In its 14th year, this smorgasbord for the tastebuds kicks off Saturday afternoon with chef demonstrations, chocolate and wine pairings, and, most importantly, tastings galore. The magnum opus of the event, however, is the Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest at 2pm both days: with earthquakes (adults) up on Saturday, and children allowed both days.

Win a Wintertime Getaway in Yosemite (Plus World-Class Food)

Fancy the idea of a Yosemite weekend but don't necessarily feel like roughing it?  We get you. Luckily, the Yosemite’s Chefs' Holidays at The Ahwahnee (held in January and February every year) are the perfect solution - it's all the glory of Yosemite in the wintertime with a five star cuisine twist. The weekends feature cooking classes, demonstrations, "Meet the Chef" receptions, a gala dinner and behind-the-scenes kitchen tours.

Last-Minute Labor Day Schemes

Forget to make Labor Day weekend plans? Here are some surefire, spur-of-the-moment ideas:

Sip vino in Sonoma. Celebrate the upcoming grape harvest by attending the epicurean weekend packed full of winemakers' dinners and tastings galore. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend runs from noon on Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday.

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