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Bay Area Halloween Fun!

by Samia S. Morgan

Halloween is just around the corner, is your costume ready? The Bay Area is a great place to be for spooky fun this time of the year. Make your plans now for trick or treating, pumpkin carving and all the fun that is Halloween!

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch, (Lafranchi Pumpkin
Patch)

5300 Nicasio Valley Rd (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square),
Nicasio, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., FREE

Family Days at Nicasio Valley Farms
October 2 to October 31, 2010
• October 2, 17, 24: Children’s musician Tim Cain (11a.m.)
• October 17, MALT MALT(Marin Agricultural Land Trust) Day
Open 10-4: Kids’ games and contests along with wood-
fired pizza by The Baker, Mexican food by Delicias de Marin,
Iron Springs Brewery Beer. Educational booths by Marin
Organic and Agricultural Institute of Marin.  Pumpkin sales
this day support MALT!


Adobe Pumpkin Farm

2478 East Washington Blvd., Petaluma
Open daily through October 31st from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Adobe has tons of parking and over 30 acres of space.  The space
includes farm equipment to climb on, haunted houses (one for the
little kids), corn maze, animals, hay rides, pony rides, hay bale
mazes, jump houses, and reasonably priced merchandise.  We
like this place because it is on the OTHER side of the 101 from the
mega-patch (the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch) and has a more
relaxed vibe. 


The G&M Farms Cornfield Maze & Pumpkin Patch

487 East Airway Blvd., Livermore
Open daily through October 31st
If you have never been to a cornfield maze, the G&M corn maze is unbelievable.
The maze is huge but manageable for the whole family.  For older kids, there are ten clue stations where you are asked questions in a number of categories of varying levels of difficulty.  The right answer puts on you on the path to the next clue.  The wrong answer leads you to a dead end.  Not far away is the pumpkin patch, farm animals, a cow train, a hay bale maze, and lots of other activities.  One of our favorites this year was the corn box.  That is, a box about 20 feet by 40 feet by 1 foot or so deep filled with about 9 tons of corn (there is another box nearby with about 7 tons of corn).  Sounds crazy but after a minute, you will be considering dumping the sandbox and replacing it with a couple of cubic yards of corn.  The only down side to this place  is that the pumpkin patch is a grassy lot with pumpkins laying in neat rows.:

 
Sinister Science Trick or Treat

Come in your costume and  receive a treat, drink some spooky punch and participate in hands-on sinister science activities. Enjoy guest appearances by special costumed friends. There will be Discovery Lab activities for tots with costumes, spooky read-alongs and much more. Fly a simulated space mission and experience some spooky space encounters in the Challenger Learning Center(1 pm and 3 pm) ; 11:00-4:00 pm Tickets $10 plus general admission, $5 plus general admission for members. For more info or reservations visit http://www.chabotspace.org

 

 What are you doing for this Halloween? Be safe!

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Autumn Festivals In The Bay Area

by Samia S. Morgan

The Bay area is ready for Autum! Eventhough Summer is gone and fall is officially here next week, we are lucky to have many events that we can enjoy to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Make plans now to enjoy the many fall festivals!

Festa Coloniale Italiana 2010
September 25th

Make plans to enjoy this annual festival hosted by the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. The Festa Coloniale Italiana celebrates the rich Italian and Italian-American heritage that has existed in San Francisco for generations and along Stockton St. between Union and Filbert Sts., there will be continuous live Italian music, pizza-toss demonstration, costumed dancers, mouth-watering calamari, sausages and peppers, cannoli, beer and wine. Specialty vendors will be selling Italian-related products. Inside, the club's main ballroom will be transformed into an Italian piazza complete with a fountain. The festival runs from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and there is no admission charge. Location: 1630 Stockton Street,San Francisco, California. For additional information, call (415) 440‑0800 or visit their website at www.sfiac.org/festa.html

The 2nd Annual A Taste of Downtown San Rafael
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fourth Street & Surrounding Streets Downtown, San Rafael, CA
 
 
The San Rafael Business Improvement District and Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC would like to invite you to participate in the Second Annual A Taste of Downtown San Rafael on September 22, 2010. The Tasting program will run from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The Tasting event will be located throughout the Downtown San Rafael area and will include restaurants and merchants offering hors d'oeuvres and wine samples. There will be a free cable car shuttle making designated stops to pick up and drop off attendees during the event times. The event is free to the public. Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase a $25 “Tasting Wristband” prior to the event via this website or on-site in the downtown plaza, where they will receive a wine glass and a map with all of the tasting locations. For more information visit the event website.Experience the flavor of downtown San Rafael and don’t miss this unique and affordable event!

Oktoberfest By The Bay

San Francisco morphs into a mini Munich at this annual San Francisco festival, complete with singing, dancing, food and, most importantly, pints and pints of beer. This year, the noted Chico Bavarian Band headlines this San Francisco festival. Admission is $12 for adults, children 12 and under free. The festival runs September 23-26 from 4pm-midnight on Friday and Saturday from 11am-11pm and Sunday from 11am-7pm.

 

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Bay Area Labor Day Events

by Samia S. Morgan

Labor Day is just around the corner and we are so lucky to be able to have so many fun and family friendly events around the Bay area to enjoy! There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy so make your Labor Day plans now and enjoy! 

Labor Day On The Bay

Sept. 3-5, 2010 Pier 3                                                               Hornblower Cruises & Events is offering cruises on the bay over the holiday weekend. Tickets range from $29 to $119 depending on the date and cruise option. Options include Sights & Sips, Discovery Lunch Cruise, Supper Club Cruise, Dinner Dance Cruise and Champagne Brunch Cruise.

Gourmet Walks

September 4
Departs from Justin Herman Plaza (near U.S. flagpole), foot of Market Street
On Saturday, Sept. 4,
Gourmet Walks is offering its last “Celebrity Chocolate Tour” with Chuck Siegel of San Francisco-based Charles Chocolates. Siegel will accompany the group on a downtown circuit, adding his personal insights and experience as participants taste a variety of chocolate; tour price is $49 per person and includes generous samples from seven different chocolate boutiques. Tour begins at 2 p.m.

San Francisco Zoo Wild Summer Overnight

September 4-5 One Zoo Rd., 415-753-7080      

Spend Labor Day weekend in the wild at the zoo! A deluxe family overnight at the zoo includes meetings with keepers, guided tours, outdoor camping and a hot breakfast. Children 6 years old and up; ages 6-18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost ranges from $80 per person (if registering five or more) for San Francisco Zoo Society members to $100 per person. Pre-registration, which closes on Sept. 1, 2010, is required

Labor Day Eco Tour With The Whales

September 6
Ready for a “whale of an adventure?”
S.F. Bay Whale Watching is offering its “Labor Day Eco Tour Special with the Whales” on Monday, Sept. 6 with $10 off regular fares of $125 for adult passengers and $85 for youth fares, making an all-day excursion out to the continental shelf and the Farallon Islands $115 and $75. Regular fares apply to Saturday and Sunday excursions, Sept. 4-5. Mention SFCVB and receive an additional 10 percent discount. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch and a beverage.

Golden Gate Park Band

Sept. 5-6, 2010 Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, 510-530-0814                                           Pack a picnic for Sunday’s celebration of Spanish music and dance at 1 p.m. with El Grupo de Espana. A special Labor Day concert celebrating the American worker is also planned for Monday at 1 p.m.

Songs Of Sea Labor Concert

Sept. 6, 2010 Ferryboat Eureka, Hyde Street Pier, Fisherman’s Wharf                                       Noted Connecticut sea chantey singer Rick Spencer will perform a special Labor Day concert aboard the historic 1890 ferryboat Eureka. Spencer has been a respected part of the world of maritime music for nearly 30 years, working and singing on traditional sailing vessels. A musician and songwriter, he accompanies himself on banjo, guitar and concertina. The performance is 2-3:30 p.m. Admission is included in the fee to board the fleet of historic vessels berthed at Hyde Street Pier: $5 adults, ages 15 and under are free.

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Independence Day In The Bay Area

by Samia S. Morgan

Everyone is gearing up to spend time with family and friends this 4th of July, so grab your flags and head to one of the many events being held in the Bay area this year!

Party at Pier 39

Pier 39/Beach Street & The Embarcardero,San Francisco, July 4th  Times:  3:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cost:  Free  Info:  Beginning at 3:00:  free live band performances in the Pier 39 Entrance Plaza

3:00 - 5:00:  Mustache Harbor concert (music)

6:00 - 9:30:  Tainted Love concert performance (80's music hits)

9:30:  Over the bay -- City of San Francisco's fireworks show

All day:  Street performers; marionettes; face painting. Free admission.

Fourth of July Waterfront Festival

Pier 39, The Cannery, Beach Street, The Embarcadero & Fisherman's Wharf

Festivities at The Cannery begins at 11:00 a.m. at Courtyard Stage

Face painting:  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Live music through 8:00 p.m.

Crissy Field

603 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA

Cost:  Free

9:00 p.m. -- Fireworks show

Info:  Get there early.  Very popular place to view fireworks.  Crowded!

 

4th of July Fireworks Cruise

Pier 39 Marine Terminal, The Embarcadero at Beach Street, San Francisco, CA

(415) 705-8200

8:15 p.m.:  Non-Alcoholic cruise sets sail from Pier 39

Cost:  Adults - $52;  Child age 5-11 - $42  Family Package:  $162 (2 adults and 2 children)

Tickets available online at blueandgoldfleet.com or at box office at Pier 39.  Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure.

 

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Memorial Day Events In The San Francisco Area

by Samia S. Morgan

Memorial Day marks the official start of Summer and what better place to celebrate than here! The San Francisco area offers many family friendly fun events and most are free. Below are some events happening around time, get out and enjoy this important holiday!

  

Memorial Day program at SF National Cemetery at the Presidio

Join veterans and the community for the traditional Memorial Day Commemoration at the Presidio. The parade begins in the Main Post at 10:30 am, led by the 191st Army Band pipes and drums. The ceremony begins at 11 am at San Francisco National Cemetery. Program includes a Korean War commemoration, a flyover, the Cable Car Chorus, taps, and a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army’s 5th Brigade 75th Division. Afterward, take a guided walk to the new National Cemetery Overlook. The free PresidiGo Shuttle will run from 9 am to 1 pm serving the Main Post and National Cemetery. Park near the Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, on the Main Post. For more information, call the Presidio Trust at (415) 561-5418. For more information on this event, visit their website at www.presidio.gov/calendar/memorial.htm

USS Pampantino

Remembering veterans and boats lost at war, the ceremony features tolling bells and bagpipes aboard this historic WWII submarine. Memorial Day, Monday May 31, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. on Pier 45 San Francisco, California Open to the Public Free Admission Please contact USS Pampanito at  (415) 775-1943 ext.13 visit their website at http://www.maritime.org/Lost_Boat_Ceremony_2010.html

12th Annual Memorial Day Rafting Trip

 
If you are wanting to get back to nature over the holiday weekend, join the Outdoor Adventure Club's 12th annual Memorial Day rafting trip on the class V1-V rapids of the Cal Salmon and Scott in northern California. Meals, camping and rafting gear is included. A carpool list is available as well. Please visit their
website for full details and to sign up.

 

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Local Earth Day Events

by Samia S. Morgan

On April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day, which is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. This year's celebrations mark the 40th anniversary of this day of observance of the need to protect the earth. The San Francisco area offers many different events to celebrate Earth Day. Below are some of the exciting events planned in the area!

   The Marine Science Institute's "Earth Day on the Bay!"This event is on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 8 am - 5 pm. This all day event is filled with family-friendly events geared towards providing fun, memorable, and meaningful experiences to bond you with San Francisco Bay, and the planet. Last year was was a tremendous success, and this year promises to be their biggest and best yet.  If you like music, mud and sea creatures, you are bound to have a great time! Create ocean crafts, enjoy our special presentations, or head out on the Bay on one of our four trips aboard our Research Vessel, the Robert G. Brownlee!

SCA San Francisco Earth Day Project
On April 24, 2010 9:00am - 12:00pm in San Francisco, CA. Join the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the Golden Gate Audubon Society for day of fun projects in San Francisco. On Saturday, April 24, we will be joining Golden Gate Audubon Society at Harding Park in San Francisco. Get your hands dirty removing non-native invasive plants, and building trail to improve your city parks. Meet SCA members and alumni, SCA supporters, community members and SCA staff. of Where: Harding Park, Sunset & Lake Merced Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132. Register for the San Francisco Earth Day Service Event at
http://www.thesca.org/events/sca-san-francisco-earth-day.

Green Festival Event
On April 10th and 11th , over 225 visionary Speakers and Artists to motivate you, more hands-on workshops to keep you participating in the process, and more planet-friendly choices to help you activate your goals every day – all in a more intimate setting! Join Mayor Gavin Newsom to learn more about the Bay Area's new clean energy economy. Visit the Fair Trade Pavilion to learn how fair-trading your home, workplace and community with foods, home furnishings and textiles can make a world of difference. At the Green Design Pavilion, explore sustainable innovations within your budget that will help you make the most of your home and work environments. Don’t miss the Eco Fashion Show presented by Hi-Def Creations, Inc.—a showcase of the Bay Area’s eco-conscious fashion designers, make-up artists and hairstylists. Visit the Green Kids' Zone throughout the weekend to find activities and storytelling for the whole family.

 

Holiday Events In San Mateo and Bay Area

by Samia S. Morgan

What better place to celebrate the holidays than the San Mateo and Bay area! From charitable events to fun events for all members of the family there is plenty to do. Below are some events you won't want to miss!

Firefighter's Toys for Tots Program                                   December 1st through the 23rd - please drop off a new unwrapped gift at any City fire station or at Hillsdale Shopping Center Toy Collection site which is open daily 10 AM to 8 PM

King Community Tree Lighting 
On December 11th come for this annual holiday tradition. There will be singing,  holiday crafts, hot cider & cookies all while the big 50 ft. Redwood tree outside the center will be lit. Santa will also be there!
Address: 725 Monte Diablo, San Mateo, CA 94401 Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Hours: 6:00-7:00pm

Breakfast with Santa 
Enjoy a delicious breakfast, games, crafts, stories, singing, and visit with Santa this Saturday, Dec. 12th. Address: 725 Monte Diablo,San Mateo, CA 94401
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Hours: 9:00-11:00am
Contact: (650) 522-7470 Cost: $8 per person.

Holiday SIng-A-Long 
Celebrate the holidays at the 
Holiday Family Sing-A-Long at Grace Cathedral.Gather your whole family for one of two Saturdays in December (December 12 and December 19) to join the Pacific Boychoir as they sing all your favorite holiday songs. This event takes place at Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal church, and is great fun for everyone! Ticket prices range from $5 to $25.

 
Holiday Ice Skating 
Enjoy skating at the Holiday Ice Rink in
Embarcadero Center. The West Coast's equivalent to the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, skaters have been enjoying this large outdoor ice skating rink for more than twenty years. Open to the public through January 3, 2010. Ticket prices range from $5.50 to $9 plus skate rental. Also available are rink rentals for private parties and birthday celebrations.

San Mateo and Bay Area Thanksgiving Events

by Samia S. Morgan

Giving thanks and giving back is what this time of the year is all about. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the San Mateo area offers many events for you to have fun, give back and enjoy all while kicking off this holiday season. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

"Shop, Enjoy & Give"

"Shop, Enjoy & Give" starts every Tuesday beginning November 24 through December 22, from 6:00-9:00p.m. You are invited to enjoy wine and food pairings plus receive incredible discounts at Santana Row shops and restaurants. Best of all, proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Your $20 ticket includes food and wine tastings inside Santana Row shops and restaurants, a signature wine glass, and exclusive holiday shopping discounts. Extra Bonus: bring a non-perishable food donation to the Santana Row Concierge when you purchase your ticket and receive $3 off your entry.

Tickets are available online or at the Santana Row Concierge Center.
Must be 21 years or older to attend. For more information, contact the Santana Row Concierge at 408.551.4611.

Lucky, Food Maxx, or Save Mart Holiday Food Drive

You can support the Food Bank while shopping at your local Lucky, Food Maxx, or Save Mart store. From now until Januaray 5th you can simply drop non-perishable items to donate in our Food Bank barrels. All Save Mart and Lucky stores will have $10 and $20 bags of their pre-selected food items that you can buy and place in the barrels.

5th Annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Work up an appetite on Thanksgiving morning by partaking in the annual Turkey Trot, an event that supports Second Harvest and other bay area charities. There are several runs and walks available to choose from in the 5K and 10K range, a kids' fun run, and a new Costume Run. To sign up for an event, visit the official Turkey Trot site.

Winter Carnival

On November 21st starting at 4pm enjoy a family carnival with games, arts, crafts and music. Street Level of One, Two, Three and Four Embarcadero Center.

Halloween in San Mateo

by Samia S. Morgan

Halloween time is here and if you are looking for a safe and fun event, look no further. The San Mateo area offers many fun events this year for Halloween for all members of the family to enjoy!

Downtown San Mateo Halloween Fun Fest


Have the kids get all dressed up and head out for this free event on Oct. 24th at 11am. Make the trip and come on over to Downtown San Mateo for a ghoulish good time. Entertainment, Crafts, Pumpkin Patch, Bounce Houses, and Trick or Treating for the kids... it's all part of the fun.  The local businesses are taking part to help you kick off a safe and happy on Halloween!

This event will be located at the US bank, the parking lot in the back is where the event will be located, so you will be limited to finding street parking or using the parking lot structure on the corner of ND Ave and El Camino Real.  The bank is located on the corner of 3rd Ave and San Mateo Dr, but the parking lot is next to a Japanese Restaurant called Masu.

Halloween Spooktacular

Local children are invited to a free and festive Halloween Spooktacular event at Hillsdale Shopping Center! The shopping center will kick-off Halloween with trick-or-treating and participating stores handing out treats to costumed children, ages 12 and under. Kids will also enjoy spooky special events including the Magic of Chin Chin, Comedian Magician Timothy James, Boswick the Clown, balloon twisting, pumpkin decorating, a slime booth and more.

Where: Hillsdale Shopping Center  5:00pm Fri 10.31.


Boo at the Zoo

Head to the San Francisco Zoo for some trick-or-treating fun with the animals! Come dressed up in you Halloween costume and enjoy the day roaming the Zoo for tasty treats to take home. Don't miss out on spectacular magic shows, take-home crafts and the amazing pumpking "chomp 'n stomp" where the animals get their own Halloween goodies!

Activities are free with paid Zoo admission and no registration is required for this event. The Zoo requests that trick-or-treaters not wear rubber masks as they may frighten the animals.

When: October 24 & 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain or shine. Kids ages 4-14 dressed in costume receive $1 off regular admission


Slither & Squeak Halloween

Wear your Halloween costume to a spooky science spectacular at Coyote Point Museum on Saturday, October 31.  Discover the secrets of animals who slither, squeak, creep and crawl.  Take a closer look at live animals as well as skeletons and skins.

Pick out a pumpkin for your family (courtesy of TomKat Ranch and while supplies last) and experiment with pumpkin science. Saturday, October 31, 2009
10:00am-3:00pm  Find out what other science tricks and treats we have up our sleeves and join us for a fun-filled family event.  Admission to this exciting one-day event is included with Museum admission.

 

 

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