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Ready or Knot Wedding Challenge: Jennifer Nichols, Episode #2

Club One and 7x7 magazine have teamed up for the first ever Ready or Knot Wedding Challenge. Two trainers, two winners and the fierce goal of looking hot for the big day. Let the games begin.

Bride-to-be #1: Jennifer Nichols, former gymnast

Wedding: End of Summer 2009

Trainer: Strength and Conditioning Coach, Brian Hannah, Club One Embacadero Center

Best of the City 2009: Day

Best Dog Day

The city’s newest doggie day care is the eco-friendly High Tail Hotel, which uses plants, grass, natural light and an oxygen system to re-create the outdoors in its 5,000-square-foot indoor facility. Think of it as a biodome for man’s best friend, a romper room where they get to munch on tasty organic kibble. The best part? You’re not on cleanup duty.

Best Day in the Park

5 Local Outdoor Activities You Can Do in an Afternoon

June's just around the corner, signaling summer's approach, and even though San Francisco may not have gotten the memo judging by this weekend's weather alone, we've been making the best of the extended sunlight hours. Here are some of our favorite outdoor activities easily doable in a single afternoon.

1. Up, up and away! In our opinion, there's no better way of getting a taste of the Bay than from a bird's perspective. Hop on board the Airship Ventures' blimp Zeppelin and cruise from Moffett Field over to the North Bay and back again.

Memorial Day on the Fly

Another three-day weekend and you're left without plans (and quite possibly, money, too). What to do? Where to go? How to do it? Lucky for you, the Bay Area is hardly void of cheap-and-easy thrills. Here are some ideas simple enough to plan with a moment's notice.

Surf lessons at Bolinas Beach. Learn to ride the waves at one of the Bay Area's more popular--not to mention, taxing--surf spots. Lessons and classes are a dime a dozen at outfitters like 2 Mile Surf Shop. You might even spot some of us 7x7 staffers hanging out on land having a barbeque, too!

Wine and Dine in Paso Robles

In Northern California, Sonoma and Napa Counties get all the buzz. But what about their southern little sister, Paso Robles, which has often been considered the next wine country destination by oenophiles from far and wide? Even if you're not already heading that direction for this weekend's 27th annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, may we suggest you add this pleasant region to your list of summer travels? (Just be sure, you pronounce it right: That's PAS-oh ROH-buls to you.) Here's how we recommend passing the time in Paso.

Bay to Breakers: What to Wear

Truth: Bay to Breakers is more about the theatrics than the race itself. When it comes to deciding what to don this Sunday morning, the thought process can be downright stressful. And let's be honest, Sarah Palin costumes were so Halloween 2008. In case you've yet to come up with a quirky idea of your own (hint: the more flamboyant, the better), here are a few costume suggestions we compiled with a little help from our friends.

Mystical Creatures

SF is the New Cancun

Notice a sudden surge in out-of-towners dropping cash in Union Square on your lunch breaks?  It’s not your imagination, nor is it a spontaneous SF obsession sweeping the nation. It’s the good ol’ swine flu (a.k.a. the H1N1, a.k.a. That Other Name No One Uses) at it again! A fleet of cruise ships has docked at our fair piers, rerouting South of the border-bound travelers to a decidedly less exotic climate. Health authorities put the brakes on all nonessential travel to Mexico, fearing any more swine-related disease be transmitted back to the states.

Bad news for eager, pale vacationers; good news for the city’s economy.

Passport to Sonoma

Just ask any Napa or Sonoma resident about the other, and the competition is evident: You'll get an upturned nose and a "we're better than them" response. But this coming weekend, Sonoma takes center stage with its annual wine extravaganza. In honor of Passport to Sonoma Valley, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite Sonoma pastimes.

Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

If Mother's Day crept up on you like it did us, you're not totally out of luck. Rather, take advantage of the research we've done for you (or um, ourselves) and treat the woman you love to the creme de la creme in Mother's Day gifts. But hurry up while the offers still stand!

Have a Bonnie Ol' Weekend in Woodland

Apparently, you needn't travel the 5,000 miles over the Atlantic to get a taste of the Scottish Highlands; rather, hop in your car and drive the hour and a half to Sacramento 'burb Woodland this weekend instead.

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