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Artists Strut Their Stuff in Sausalito This Weekend

For 57 years now, the coming of Labor Day weekend has been cause for Sausalito residents to celebrate: It marks the beginning of the Sausalito Art Festival. With the San Francisco skyline glittering in the distance, what better background for artists to showcase their collections than on the shimmering Sausalito waterfront?

"Dog Days of Summer" Invades the Westin St. Francis

Those passing through Union Square on their walks home from work last night may have been a bit perplexed--and simultaneously, delighted--to see more than 100 canines donning their Sunday best and prancing down a red carpet that led into the Westin St. Francis' Grand Ballroom.

Local Artists Showcase Work at Tedda's Boutique

If you haven't paid a visit to Tedda Hughes' eponymous shop on Polk Street, you're missing out. The boutique, gallery and artist space is truly one-of-a-kind.

With avant-garde and designer clothing filling the racks, original local artists' work donning the walls, seamstresses helming the sewing machines in the front of the store, and occasionally buskers like firespinners performing out front, this whimsical shop of curiosities is never devoid of creativity.

It Can Be Done! Affordable Summer Lodging in Yosemite

Usually from the months of June through September, if you're heading to Yosemite and on a budget, camping is the only option. Simply put, park lodging is not cheap.

However, beginning Aug. 23 and running through Sept. 30, the rustic and charming Evergreen Lodge is now offering 25 percent off its cabins on weeknights.

7x7's Seven Best Local Bike Shops

As the summer winds down in the rest of America, it's time to get ready for SF summer. And what better way to enjoy the weather by getting around on bicycle? But as you dust off your long-neglected ten-speed, you realize your gears are out of whack and you hate your handlebars. Or, worse, you don't even have a bike and want to buy one, fast. Where to go? Here's a quick look at seven of our favorite bike shops in the city.

Getaway: Explore Charming Nevada City This Weekend

Jaded San Franciscans will turn their noses up at the mere mention of Gold Country and sneer, "why would we want to go there?" However, if you give the rustic and under-the-radar Nevada City--the region's epicenter--the chance, you'll find it offers much-needed R&R with an authentic Western backdrop.

Wii-Curious? Try a Fling at Nintendo’s Wii Sports Resort Mobile Tour

Ping pong, archery, canoeing – it's camp Nintendo, a.k.a the Wii Sports Resort Mobile Tour, going down next weekend at Marina Green.

 

X-Ray Friendly Bag: A Jetsetter Must-Have

If, like me, you spend more time in airports than you do in your own house, your laptop has no doubt fallen prey to your jetsetting ways. With today's inane over-the-top security measures--I can take a sharpened pencil on my flight but not dulled tweezers or plastic knitting needles?--where you're required to practically remove everything but your intimates, it's no wonder I've gone through three MacBooks in two years.

But no more.

Pick Up a New Hobby at Rematch.com

If you’ve ever wanted to pick up a new hobby but balked at the cost of equipment, Rematch Sports has you in mind. The sporting goods consignment store in Russian Hill is stocked with gently used items, from snowboards and wet suits to fishing poles and tennis rackets. Get the gear for a relative bargain and, if you find the sport is not for you, sell it back to them later. 1567 Pacific Ave., 415-830-9470, rematchsports.com

Pooch-Friendly Partying at the Westin

If you're tired of hitting the town sans pooch, here's your chance to paint the town red with Fido in tow. At the Westin St. Francis' "Dogs Days of Summer" on Aug. 26, canines and their owners will be treated like VIPS (Very Important Pets and Persons) in an event benefitting the San Francisco SPCA.

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