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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Coming Up: Free Family Concerts - SF Chamber Orchestra

Travel back in time with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra to say hello to Mr. Bach and Mr. Mozart, two famous composers from the music history books. Then, head back to 2017 and meet a soon-to-be-famous composer of today—UC Davis professor of composition Laurie San Martin! Actor/clown Tristan Cunningham brings Bach and Mozart to life in this Family Concert, which also features our three young Debut Artists.

Here's where the free family concerts are:

January 21 - 2 p.m. at the Noe Valley Ministry (1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco). Doors open at 1:30 (general admission, first-come first-served).

January 22 - 12 noon at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (388 9th St (Suite 290), Oakland). Doors open at 11:30 (general admission, first-come first-served).

January 22 - 3:30 p.m. at Hillsdale High School Theatre (3115 Del Monte St, San Mateo). Doors open at 3:00 (general admission, first come first-served)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Coming Up: SF Symphony Celebrates Lunar New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with the San Francisco Symphony. Kids will love the festival reception included for all with tickets. The pre-concert festivities start at 3, and include crafts, lion dancing, games, free food (including dessert) and a tea bar. The concert starts at 4, with the Chinese Dragon Dance and traditional folk music, along with orchestral works by Asian composers.

Preconcert crafts, included with your ticket. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Symphony

When: February 4, 2017
Where: Davies Symphony Hall on Van Ness in SF
Tickets: $32-$76 at or by phone at (415) 864-6000.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Coming Up: Pippi Longstocking

The Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents Pippi Longstocking, which opens January 21.

"Annika and Tommy are in for some excitement when they meet their new neighbor, Pippi Longstocking, who has crazy red pigtails, a horse, a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson, and a tendency to get caught up in one outrageous adventure after another. Families can join in Pippi ‘s adventures when revered Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s classic heroine comes to the Bay Area in a rollicking production of Pippi Longstocking."

When: January 21-February 12
Where: Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. Weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

When: February 18-19
Where: San Ramon. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road. Performances at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

When: February 25-March 19
Where: San Francisco, Children's Creativity Museum Theater, 221 4th Street. Weekends at 0:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Who: Recommended for age 5 and up.
Tickets: $25/adults, $23/seniors, $20/children, $15 groups (minimum 15). Tickets online or call (510) 296-4433.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A few things to do on MLK Day 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area

Teach the kids about what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for and how he helped our country. Here are a few things going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for MLK Day 2017.

Museum of the African Diaspora
Visit MOAD for free on Monday, 1/16/17. They'll offer related programs throughout the day, including art (including family drop-in art activities) film and musical performances.

Playland Not at The Beach
They're offering a freedom-themed treasure hunt and special quiz testing your knowledge of our country's Civil Rights leader. These activieis take place 1/14-16 (they're normally not open on Mondays, but are for the holiday). Fees are $15/adult, $10/child or senior. Fabulous Frank will be on hand to perform "funny" magic.

East Bay Regional Parks Day
The parks offers a day of service on Monday, 1/16, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will help restore Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Grove and their marshes by cleaning and removing invasive plants in order to support and care for wildlife and their natural habitat. Your efforts will benefit the environment and our community. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes and closed-toed shoes. To cut down on the use of plastic, please bring a refillable water bottle and a bucket to pick up litter. For more information, please email and register on the website.

San Francisco Rec and Park
Volunteer for MLK Day of Service with SF Rec and Park, Habitat for Humanity and the Bayview YMCA. You'll be beautifying and maintaining Youngblood Coleman Park (Hudson Ave. and Mandell St.) on Saturday, January 14, 9 a.m. to noon. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Contact Laurel Caplan at (415) 919-4050 or email for more information. Note that all volunteers must 16 or older.

National Parks
It's free National Park entrance day on January 16 at 100 National Parks. If you don't want to go too far, you can try Yosemite, Muir Woods, Pinnacles or San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. More info on National Park MLK activities here.

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Lots of volunteer opportunities for all ages!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Coming Up: Free Workshop - Talking to Your Kids About Sex

At some point, you'll have to talk to your kids about sex. If that time is coming up, check out the free workshop "how to talk to your kids about sex without freaking out" at the Portrero Branch library in SF.

It's lead by Anya Manes, a parent coach and educator from Here's what she covers: "Are you ready to answer your children’s questions about sex with calm confidence? Do you know what conversations to initiate and how to start them so that everyone feels comfortable? Join us for a skill-building workshop in which you’ll learn how to start conversations about sex and how to answer zinger questions - without gagging!"

When: Saturday, January 14th, 2017, at 2 pm
Where: Potrero Branch, San Francisco Public Library - 1616 20th Street (near Connecticut), San Francisco
Cost: Free, no registration required