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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Coming Up: Art Sale from UESF and Sharon Art Studio

Looking for some new art for your home? The United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) and Sharon Studio’s is hosting its Retired Teacher's Sale. To me that sounds like they're selling retired teachers, but I won't go there. Oops, already did.

The retired teachers will be selling hand-made art and crafts in like jewelry, textiles, photography, glass and mixed media.

Plus, there's FREE ceramics hand-building in the ceramics studio open to all ages, from 11-3. Children under age 10 should be accompanied by a parent.

When: Sunday, March 19 from 10-5
Where: Sharon Art Studio, 300 Bowling Green Drive, SF

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Grand Opening: STEMful San Francisco

A local mom is opening a community play and education space, called STEMful - San Francisco

Check out the 2,475 SF facility on opening day, Saturday, March 11 starting at 9:30 a.m. 

It's a two-level community space designed with as a play space for parents and kids ages 3.5-12 years old, to enjoy STEM toys, STEM books (there's a reading nook), a classroom for learning STEM concepts, and a kitchen/private party room (1,000 sq ft) for parties and events. 

They'll be offering Spring Break and summer camps for 3.5-5 year olds, and are developing programs for those in the 6-12 year range for the fall session. Get a $40 discount for their upcoming Spring Break or summer camps for 3.5-5 years old, plus party bookings through May 1, by entering in “STEMful Opening” online or when ordering by phone.

Where: 30 29th St between Mission St and San Jose St.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Get 'Yer Tickets: The Teenage Brain with Frances Jensen

For those of you with teenagers or kids who will someday be teenagers, this looks interesting.

"For years, scientists were driven by the assumption that brain growth was nearly complete by the time a child began kindergarten, leading them to believe that the adolescent brain was essentially identical to that of an adult—only with less mileage. However, new research shows the importance of formative teen years for brain development. Motivated by personal parenting experience (as the mother of two teenage boys), renowned neurologist Dr. Frances E. Jensen gathers discoveries about adolescent brain function, wiring, and capacity in a groundbreaking new book, The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents. Jensen explains how these eye-opening findings dispel commonly held myths about the teenage years and provides practical suggestions to help adults and teenagers negotiate the mysterious world of adolescent neurobiology.

Frances E. Jensen, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She was Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Translational Neuroscience and Director of Epilepsy Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Senior Neurologist at Boston Children’s and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. She lectures widely about the teen brain at science museums, TEDMED, and high schools. Adam Savage is an industrial special effects designer and former co-host of The Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters with Jamie Hyneman."

This is part of the Conversations on Science series at City Arts and Lectures.

What: The Teenage Brain with Frances Jensen in conversation with Adam Savage
When: Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:30 pm
Where: Nourse Theater
Tickets: (415) 392-4400 or online

Thursday, March 2, 2017

National Day of Unplugging

A little more than a year ago, I wrote about the benefits of unplugging for Rodale's Organic Life. As I talked to experts and did some research, I realized how important this actually is - for adults AND for kids.

The National Day of Unplugging is coming up, March 3-4. Consider doing this with your family. With your free time you can play games, read, explore outside (hopefully the weather cooperates), cook together, bake some cookies, do some crafts or come up with your own ideas!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pier 39's 39 Week Anniversary Celebration

Turns out that Pier 39 is celebrating its 39th Anniversary. They have some upcoming fun in March, so take advantage!

39 Free Caricatures – Friday, March 3; Personally I hate when there's a limited number available and you have to fight to get there first, but that's what Pier 39 is doing for this. So if you're one of the first 39 people to present a special coupon/redeem the coupon at the Caricatures Cart, you'll get a free cartoon portrait drawing. The Caricature Cart is on Level 1 near the Carousel. Here's the coupon. You have to print it out.

Buy One Scoop, Get Second Scoop Free – Friday, March 10; Buy one scoop and get a second scoop on the same cup or cone free at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Shop or the Waffle Cone Shop. Here's the coupon. (one offer per person)

Bring a Friend for Free – Friday, March 24; Bring a friend (or your kid?) and play for free on Friday, March 24! Buy one admission ticket at participating Pier 39 attractions and get a second admission ticket of equal or lesser value free. Here's the coupon.

Outdoor Movie Night – Forrest Gump – Friday, March 31; Life is like a box of chocolates! The free outdoor movie night is at the bay end of the Pier, and the movie starts at 7:45, weather permitting. Before the show, stop by the Carousel Stage for Forrest Gump trivia, special coupons and prizes from Bubba Gump, and a chance to take a souvenir picture with Louis the Shrimp.