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Monday, October 30, 2017

Coming Up: Patchwork Modern Makers Show

This weekend, check out the Patchwork Show in Oakland. It's a modern makers festival with 150 local makers, crafters, designers and food artisans. They'll also have DIY craft workshops, food trucks and indie music.. It's free and dog friendly too.

When: November 4 from 11-5
Where: Jack London Square 
Cost: free

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Coming Up: David Shannon Introduces Bizzy Mizz Lizzie

David Shannon introduces his exuberant new book Bizzy Mizz Lizzie about over-scheduled children (and adults) with good humor, fun and heart. He'll present it at Kepler's Books - get a ticket (they're free). About the book: "Lizzie is the busiest, buzziest bee in Hivetown. Shannon's vivid artwork and Lizzie's endearing efforts to "do it all" will make children laugh aloud at her frantic antics as she juggles school, multiple sports, dance, violin, and art. With charm and determination, she longs to impress the Queen by winning a spelling contest, but she studies to the point of exhaustion. When she dozes off in the middle of the competition, the only solution is rest and her refreshing visit to the local Garden finally teaches Lizzie to stop and smell the flowers "which is exactly what bees are supposed to do."

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including No, David!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, A Bad Case of Stripes, Duck on a Bike, and Too Many Toys! Don't miss this opportunity to meet the ever popular David Shannon and discover a new favorite read.

When: Saturday November 18 at 2:00
Where: Kepler's Books in Menlo Park

Coming Up: Conservatory of Flowers Photosynthesis Exhibit Continued

Cue to popular demand, the Photosynthesis continues through November 26th at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

This landmark became the canvas for Photosynthesis, an elegant public art installation to honor San Francisco’s citywide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Photosynthesis is a special project presented by Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind the Bay Lights, in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large-scale light-based art. The installation at Conservatory of Flowers represents the world's most sophisticated use of gobo projectors to transform the all-white 138-year-old structure with a series of exquisitely illuminated scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the legacy of San Francisco’s flower children.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bay Area Halloween Events 2017

What:  An "out of this world" Halloween event, this year's event will feature a costume contest and parade, haunted houses, hay rides, carnival rides, giant inflatables, food for sale and live entertainment.
When: October 27 from 3-9
Where: Stern Grove (19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard)
Cost: $10 per person; children under 2 years old are free! Tickets are now available at the McLaren Lodge Annex (501 Stanyan Street in Golden Gate Park) Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until the day of the event.

What: Crafts - Día de Los Muertos Masks
When: October 28-29, 11-4
Where: Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco

What: Family Halloween at Fort Point. This family-friendly afternoon is scare-free, but full of global Halloween traditions: 19th Century reenactors tell stories; create Day of the Dead sugar skulls; face painting; s’mores; food trucks; and candlelight tours
When: October 30, 1-6 (4:30 kids' costume parade)
Where: Fort Point National Historic Site, San Francisco
Cost: Free

Treasure Island Flea
What: Free pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating (bring a bucket), vintage costume shopping, design your own pumpkin workshop. Each day the first 1,000 people can pick out a pumpkin of their liking. Costume contest for adults, kids, and dogs at 2:00 each day. Design your own custom Halloween jewelry workshop ($8). Dia de Los Muertos design your own sugar skull workshop ($2). Kid Zone hosts vintage hot rod race tracks, giants bubbles, a building block play house, face painting and bungee jumping. Live music.
When: October 28-29, 10-4
Cost: $3 entry; kids free

Richmond Art Center
What: Skeletonfest - Make art and celebrate family with a special Community Altar building. The planned art-making activities are free, and children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. The day’s activities include: Little Piñatas, Metal Nichos/Milagros (originated as a popular adaptation of the Roman Catholic retablo tradition of painting patron saints on wood or tin. They can act as shrines, protection, or devotional objects), Paper Flowers, Screen Printing Bags,
When: October 28 - 12:30 to 3:00
Cost: Free!

Bay Street Boo Bash
What: Pumpkin decorating, face painting, Halloween treats, spooky haunted carriage rides, festive games, a costume parade for kids, mystical magic shows, doggy costume parade, festive photo booth and more.
When: October 29, 11-2.
Where: Bay Street, Emeryville – Center Plaza 5616 Bay Street

Lawrence Hall of Science
What: Halloween-themed activities in the Ingenuity Lab and Animal Discovery Room. Plus, the annual pumpkin catapult show
When: October 28–29, 10:00–5:00 S
Cost: included with admission

Hiller Aviation Museum - Halloween Hangar Haunt
What: Helicopter pumpkin drop at noon. Specially-decorated museum gallery, search for hidden clues in a quest to a special reward. Take part in Halloween carnival games amid museum aircraft, and visit eerie Invention Lab to mix Spooky Slime and experiment with the amazing Boo Bubbles! Visit with their witch and sign her pumpkin to prepare it for its final flight! Join the witch’s creepy costume review as she takes flight, not on broomstick, but in a helicopter! Then, count down the seconds to the orange gourd’s fateful fall as the witch drops the pumpkin from her airborne perch, dropping it to the tarmac below.
When: October 28, 10-12:00
Cost: Included with admission.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Coming Up: Open House for the San Mateo Country Crime Lab

Have you ever wanted to check out a crime lab? The San Mateo County Crime Lab opens for tours for two days! They decorate for Halloween and in costumes. You'll see different parts of the labs and talk with criminologists. This is a great opportunity to meet them and ask them questions about their jobs and how they got there.

WHAT: San Mateo County Crime Lab Open House

WHEN: Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th from 2 - 6
Tours start every 10 minutes. No sign-up necessary.

WHERE: 50 Tower Road San Mateo

Info: Robin Foucrault at (650) 312-5307 or

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Coming Up: Bay Area Science Festival

The Bay Area Science Festival runs October 26 through November 11, with Discovery Days events all around the San Francisco Bay, like in the North Bay at the Sonoma County Fairground on October 28, at Cal State East Bay on the same day, and at AT and T Park on November 11. With more than 200 hands-on activities plus exhibits and performances, it's a lot of fun. The Discovery Days are aimed at kids 0-14.

Explorer Days include more than 20 tours, like hikes to see the San Andreas fault, with a geologist, or seeing a deep ocean exploration manufacturing center. All are hosted by scientists or engineers. As for performances, look for Radiolab and the Food Network's Alton Brown.

Some activities are adults-only, and others welcome kids. Some are free, some have a fee. Go through the schedule and see what interests you.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Coming Up: Opinion Study - $150-300

Probe Market Research is recruiting for personal finances opinion studies. They're paying $150 or $300 depending on the study, and they are 60 or 120 minutes in San Francisco. Here is the survey to see if you qualify:

When: October 19 and 20
Pay: $150 or $300
Where: San Francisco

Coming Up: Sandcastle Classic - San Francisco

This weekend, get outside for the 35th annual Sandcastle Classic, Northern California's biggest sandcastle competition. The building gets started at 11, and you can wander around watching them build while listening to live music performances. Food trucks will be on hand to feed you. The event benefits arts education for SF youth. Volunteer spots are open for some of the teams, and everyone can help build the community castle.

When: Saturday, October 14 from 11-3:30
Where: Ocean Beach at Balboa Street