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