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Transported: Looking at Prop L (Sit/Lie Ordinance) and Prop G (Muni Reform)

Welcome to "Transported", our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.

Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown are duking it out on TV. Supervisors are fiercely campaigning and people are frenetically plastering windows with "yes" and "no" posters.  Here are two ballot measures that will affect how you get around town (or in the case of the Sit/Lie Ordinance, don't). Get to know them.

1. Prop L: Sit/Lie Ordinance

Mission Pie's 4th Annual Pie Contest

Autumn is the perfect time for pies -- eating them, baking them, even throwing them. If you're of the baking (and eating) persuasion, try your hand at Mission Pie's 4th Annual Pie Contest this Sunday, October 17th.

You have until tomorrow (October 15th) to register the type of pie you're going to bring on game-day. But better make it good, this is judgement day in front of some serious heavyweights of pie-dom.

Photo via Telstar Logistics on Flickr.com

Bravo 30 Benefit Celebrates The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre This Saturday

The spirit of pioneer playwrite Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote A Raisin in the Sun and helped the civil rights movement in the early 60s, lives on in San Francisco at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. This year the theatre turns 30 and is celebrating with the Bravo 30 Benefit this Saturday, October 16 at the St. Francis Hotel. 

Fear Not, The San Francisco Hills: Walk SF's 13-Mile Peak to Peak Trek

Looking at San Francisco from the top of one of its rolling hills is like looking at it in Google Earth, except way cooler.  All the houses, trees, high rises and neighborhoods blend into a beautiful moving carpet of life. You can get poetic yourself and go where eagles dare on Walk SF's 13-mile Peak 2 Peak trek on Saturday, October 16.

Seven Awesome Bay Area Pumpkin Patches

C'mon, get a pumpkin. Here's where to do it nearby.



1. Arata's Pumpkin Farm 185 Verde Dr., Half Moon Bay, (650) 726-7548

If you've ever ridden past the Arata's sprawling field in Half Moon Bay, you've probably wondered what the heck you were looking at. Believe it, that's a  giant iron gorilla and a massive hay maze. Get out and experience their haunted barn and two-acre Minotaur's Labyrinth.

SF Arts Commission's Passport 2010 Event Kicks Off This Weekend

Hayes Valley will come alive this Sunday, October 10th from 10 am to 4 pm, with the SF Arts Commission's Passport 2010 event, one of the best ways to experience art in the city. Guests can purchase $25 "passports" (which are gorgeous, custom-designed Moleskine notebooks donated by Chronicle Books), and follow a map to receive artist-designed stamps at various Hayes Valley locations.

Bay Area Power Couples: General Store's Mason St. Peter & Serena Mitnik-Miller

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Transported: Biking for Newbies

Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.

So, you've finally caved, ditched Muni for good and gotten yourself a bicycle. You want to learn to bike the city without getting killed, right? First tip: Wear a helmet. Here are some more to get you started.

Easy bike routes to practice your skills:

The world-famous Wiggle is a gradually-climbing route that zig zags through the city and has long been used (on foot and on horseback) as an easy way to navigate San Francisco. It starts at the Ferry Building and takes you through major neighborhoods like downtown, the Castro, Panhandle, the Haight and Golden Gate Park. Use Market Street's new green bike lanes until you hit the Castro and Lower Haight. You'll be on Fell Street, a high speed, one-way road, for only one block before you hit the Panhandle, which will take you to Golden Gate Park. Once you're in the park, relax and enjoy the scenery.

WhiskyWeek Is Upon Us: Where to Imbibe

If you're a fan of whisky, you'll want to hit up one of these WhiskyWeek activities, which all lead up to the annual WhiskeyFest on Friday at the San Francisco Marriot. Expand your knowledge of the spirit at these events:

 

Thursday is the new Friday. At 1 pm, Jimmy Russell, master distiller at Wild Turkey, will be discussing his life, signing bottles, and educating whiskey devotees on the virtues of Wild Turkey at John Walker & Company on Sutter Street (where all Wild Turkey products will also be 15% off during the event).

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