Thursday, September 18, 2014

Coming Up: Eat Real Festival in Oakland - Free

If you like food, you'll want to go to the 6th annual Eat Real Festival in Oakland. This food festival will attract upwards of 150,000 at Jack London Square. They call is a combination of street festival, block party and state fair - all celebrating good food.

They'll have demonstrations, DIY areas, markets, food trucks, tastings, drinks, contests and more. It's family-friendly and has a Kid Zone, with activities, demos and fun educational guides on how to eat well.

What to expect (here's the schedule):

Kids' Zone: They'll have a Kids' Zone, and the kids can participate in interactive activities like making ice cream by hand (and crank) and pickling.

Blender Battle: hosted by Sprouts Cooking Club Sunday from 12-1, 3 young audience members will battle 3 young Sprouts members to make smoothies and ice cream.

Oyster Shuck-Off: who can shuck the most oysters in 5 minutes?

Booths/demonstrations on: Fermentation, FarmCraft, Grains and Milling, Confections, Meat and Butchery, Preserves and Sauces and Craft Beverages.

Food and drinks are for sale.

When: September 19-21
Friday September 19 from 1-9
Saturday, September 20 from 10:30-9
Sunday, September 21 from 10:30-5
Where: Oakland, Jack London Square
Cost: Free (though you'll pay to eat); some events require tickets

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coming Up: Three Blonde Moms

I know this is last minute, but if you don't have plans tomorrow night and want an adult evening out, check out Three Blonde Moms in Marin.

Here's the description:
"Take three very desperate housewives, throw in plenty of humor around motherhood then top it off with some free Ahh Bras, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect at the 3 Blonde Moms show! 3 Blonde Moms is the hysterical semi-scripted PG-13 stand up comedy show starring some really Desperate Housewives! From television, stage and screen, these unlikely friends from the cul-de-sac bring you their unique, diverse and hysterical tales from the 'burbs. Each Mom holds an impressive repertoire of credits, but most the most important role they've all played to date is that of being a Mom! In addition to selling out venues around the country, 3 Blonde Moms was the "hit of the festival" and "most buzzworthy" at Montreal's Just For Laughs and they've beeen seen on E!, CMT and more! This show is jam-packed full of uproarious material about being a Mom, having a Mom, kids, schools, husbands, neighbors, in-laws and more. If you have a family, know a family, or need a family, this show is for you."

You can read an interview with them on Marinhood.

When: Thursday, September 18 at 8 p.m.
Where: Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley
Tickets are: 
$20 General Admission
$25 General Day of Show
$35 Reserved Seating
Get tickets here.

Maidologie - Maid Service Made Easy - Dedicated Post

I do many things well, but cleaning house is not one of them. We’ve always found our house cleaners through word of mouth, though trying to ask around and then schedule someone who already has a mostly full schedule can be difficult. And there’s the awkward walk-through, when they come to your house, poke around and give you a price. But the price may change after they clean once or twice to see if it’s more work than they thought. Or maybe they charge by the hour, but you don’t know how quickly they work, so the price is open-ended.

I found out about Maidologie, a company that recently started up in the Bay Area. It was co-founded by a Cal grad who was sick of using a rotating group of sub-par cleaners in her own apartment. She decided to start a cleaning service that paid its cleaners a decent wage, used green products and streamlined the booking process for customers.

What she came up with is a transparent system focusing on three areas to make it better than other cleaning services:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fun Classes in the Bay Area

There are a ton of classes in the Bay Area for adults and kids. I wanted to share a few that I came across.

Our friends at a Little Yumminess offer 2-3 hour cooking classes for adults and families. You can check out the list here.

If you're looking for some parenting tips, a number of classes are taught in the East Bay, under the umbrella of parenting with positive discipline. They're taught by Marcilie Smith Boyle, and I can't vouch for her, but the topics look good. The classes are evenings in Oakland.

I did a long post earlier this year about Bay Area kids' art classes. I'll add one more to the list: Sketch Collective, which offers a variety of classes for kids in San Francisco. This includes a one day camp on Columbus Day from 9-3, which visits the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Don't worry about transportation - they'll start at the studio on Geary and Commonwealth and take Muni together.
They offer kids and adult drawing classes on weekends as well.

I've written before about Laurel Street Arts in San Carlos, which I know from painting pottery there. But they have other art instruction too, including classes on Italian-style painting techniques, canvas painting, Halloween spiders (for kids), and more. The adult classes are in the evening, and if you get on their email list you'll find some discounts listed.

Wonderbug Adventures sounds like fun, doesn't it? These San Francisco classes explore ecology, plus play, art and song for kids ages 2-5. They have a new program called Adventure Yoga, which sounds so much better than regular yoga! This class is for kids ages 2-10, and is at Stern Grove (October 18 at 10:30 a.m.). It's a family-friendly 45 minute yoga class in the meadow - sounds like my kind of yoga!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Coming Up: Author Rick Riordan Talk in Redwood City

Are your kids obsessed with Rick Riordan books? Mine is. Not sure who he is? Ever heard of Percy Jackson? Yeah, I thought you had!

Rick Riordan will be talking about The Blood of Olympus, the finale in his Heroes of Olympus series. He'll answer questions as well. You can hear the talk, and buy copies of his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, as well as the Kane Chronicles series, that night, but he will not be signing books, so don't drag them in. It's sponsored by Kepler's Books.

When: October 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: Fox Theater in Redwood City
More info: here
Tickets: here or at Kepler's. Tickets are $15 for the talk, or $30 for the talk and a pre-signed copy of Blood of the Olympians.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Get 'Yer Tickets - Sail for Free on Seaward in San Francisco's Bay

Want to learn about sailing? The Call of the Sea, the St. Francis Yacht Club and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department are offering free three-hour tours of the Bay on Seaward, an 82 foot ship. All youth will become sailors and scientists for the day, learning about ecology, marine life, sailing skills and teamwork. Space is limited. See a picture of the boat here.

Age: 9-15
Register: call (415) 831-6800 with your choice of date and time.
Dates, Times and course numbers: 
Saturday September 20, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Course #37537
Saturday September 20, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Course #37538
Sunday September 21, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Course #37539
Sunday September 21, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Course #37540

Friday, September 12, 2014

Coming Up: 6th Annual Tricycle Music Fest

The Sixth Annual Tricycle Music Fest kicks off this Saturday, September 13.

These Grammy winners rally for early literacy during the library's sixth annual free festival.

What's the schedule?

Allison Faith Levy Big Time Tot Rock
Saturday, Sept. 13
Foster City Library/Leo Ryan Park (across from the library), 11:30 a.m. (Red Panda Acrobats are at 10)

Sunday, Sept. 28
Sunday Streets Dance Party- Excelsior Branch, SF 1 p.m.