As a former awkward teenage girl supreme who suffered in silence with all of her insecurities, I can appreciate the work that Alameda-based Girls Inc. of the Island City does to "inspire all girls to be smart, strong, and bold." This Saturday, women's fitness-gear retailer, See Jane Run, is sponsoring a half-marathon and 5K race starting at Crown Beach in Alameda. A portion of each registration (June 3 is the last day to sign up) goes to Girls Inc. What do you get?
On March 25th, the Greater San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society launched this year's search for the Man and Woman of the Year with a lively celebration at Harry Denton's Starlight Room. The candidates were all smiles as they mingled with special guests of honor -- Boy of the Year Adam Joseph Boegel, and Girl of the Year Stella Jade -- both of whom are brave blood cancer survivors.
The annual competition -- now in its 20th year -- involves truly compassionate local men and women who work to raise funds to support thousands of patients battling leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Before I sign off for the long weekend (although I've been mentally checked out of this week since, oh, Monday), I thought I'd leave you with a few Memorial Weekend space fillers to close the gaps in your plans. Until next week, wishing you beau temps for your barbecues!
There's a full moon coming up later this week—on Thursday, May 27, to be precise—and, in keeping with traditions that date back to ancient civilizations and cultures, the Bay Area is playing host to a few full-moon events that reinforce the kumbaya connection with the outdoors. Even if you're not influenced by lunar phases, some nighttime nature exploration is bound to alleviate something—a bad mood, a little cabin fever, lower back pain...whatever. Just get out there and let the moon illuminate your adventures.
Because of the impending apocolypse, it's probably a good idea to brush up on your foraging skills since it's likely Bi-Rite or Whole Foods won't be up and running when the big earthquake hits. (Or maybe just until universal healthcare gets fully operational and meds are available to all.) Tellur Fenner of the Blue Wind Botanical Medicinal Clinic in Oakland teaches regular foraging classes in public parks and gardens across the Bay Area (the next classes happen this weekend in Berkeley and Oakland) that combine light hiking with hands-on instruction on California's edible and medicinal plants.
You've got free time? We've got a way to fill it. Jump on a trampoline, fish from a pier, head to Chinatown for a nooner, teach your dog a brand-new trick. Wait no longer: Daylight is burning.
For more must-do city activities, check out our Big To Do: 250 things to do in SF before you die.
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Having done my fair share of road travel (about 30 years' worth of car trips around the West), gas prices are always interesting to me. The steady increase brings back memories of a 10-day road trip I took in August 2008 from San Francisco to Jackson Hole, WY that nearly sent my boyfriend and me into bankruptcy. I also remember, with great fondness, a road trip a few months later, in December 2008, to Zion National Park via Tucson and Las Vegas, during which we enjoyed prices as low as $1.46 per gallon (yes, this also coincided with the economy's downward spiral, but we were still happy for the consequential rock-bottom gas prices despite the world's gloomy forecast). Almost brings a tear to my eye.
Everyone knows Halloween is the best holiday of the year, which is why Bay to Breakers makes sense. It's one long party that invades almost the entire city every third Sunday of May, and oh yeah, some people actually run all 12 kilometers of it! The giant, moving costume-party-meets-foot-race has become one of the largest in the world, often with almost all 50 states of the US represented and runners from over 24 countries in attendance.
Granted the bike-to-work concept is a bit, as the Australians say, "like falling off a log," especially for you day-to-day pedalers, but methinks tomorrow's 16th Annual Bike to Work event is meant to inspire commuters of the four-wheel kind (and yes, that includes bus riders—maybe you'll trade the dank recesses of Muni transportation for fresh air and a little invigorating exercise!). If you cycle the well-traveled corridors—along the Panhandle and the Wiggle, for example—you'll hit Energizer Stations that will hand out some pretty good schwag, including water and commemorative canvas bags (I still use mine from past years to haul groceries and gym clothes. Not at the same time, but you get the idea.