Summer Reading Celebration For Kids at OMCA

Summer Reading Celebration: Explore, Connect, & Grow! is Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Held in the Oakland Museum of California Gardens. Many activities for kids including a magic show, games, a bounce house, and face painting. Also, 7-year-old author Sadiya Tyler-Laws reads from her book Princess Escape during story time.

Program schedule here (PDF).

Sunday, August 6 is a Free First Sunday at the Oakland Museum of California (Suggested donation: $5 per person — helps to provide access to other visitors in the community).

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St
Oakland, 94607

Parking: a parking garage is on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets. Parking fees are $1 per hour for Museum visitors with validation and $2.50 per hour without validation. Get your ticket validated at the Ticketing booth on Level 2 any time during your visit.

Public Transit: AC Transit

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Total/Partial Eclipse of the Sun

The eclipse is August 21, 2017 (see below for times).

A solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and us.  Those of us in California will see a partial eclipse.  If you wish to see a total eclipse, head on up to Salem, Oregon.

Never look directly at the sun without appropriate eye protection. One way to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing is with eclipse glasses. Eclipse glasses are available from Amazon from about $8.00 to $18.00; also from Walmart online.

Partial eclipse in San Francisco begins 9:01 am and ends 11:38 am with maximum 10:15 am.
Total eclipse in Salem, Oregon begins 9:05 am and ends 11:37 am with maximum 10:18 am.

Check out NASA’s Eyes Eclipse 2017 Web Application. “In this interactive, web-based 3D simulation, you can click anywhere on the Earth to preview your view of the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse.” On the right under Explore the 2017 Solar Eclipse click Launch Interactive.

Watch online with NASA’s Eclipse Live Streaming.

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Friday Night Bands on Santa Cruz Beach


This summer from June 16 through September 1, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk presents bands from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s to play free concerts on the beach Friday nights. There will be two shows at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

Schedule:

June 16 — Eddie Money
June 23 — Brian Howe (Bad Company)
June 30 — Great White
July 7 —  Quiet Riot
July 14 — Blue Öyster Cult
July 21 — Eric Burdon and The Animals
July 28 — Los Lobos
Aug 4 —  Y & T
Aug 11 — Pablo Cruise
Aug 18 — Gin Blossoms
Aug 25 — Band To Be Announced
Sept 1 — Papa Doo Run Run

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, 95060

Fridays June 16 through September 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm

Important Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk information:
“Access to the prime seating area begins at 4pm; no blankets or chairs are permitted in the roped-off areas before 4pm. The line formed on the beach will be given first priority for access to prime seating area.

Please limit blanket size to 3×5 feet per person, about the size of a beach towel. Only low-back chairs are allowed; high-back chairs will be required to move to the back of the beach area. Please allow others space and a good view.

Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach. Recording of concerts is not allowed.

Please keep walkways and stairs clear; dancing permitted in front of the stage only.

Accommodations for guests with disabilities at the Friday Night Concerts are provided on a “first-come, first-served” basis in two locations. One section is reserved for guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The other section is reserved for mobility-impaired guests plus one companion. If you require other special accommodations, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the concert at (831) 423-5590. “

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20th Annual Bay Area Classic Yo Yo Contest

Over 100 of the top yo-yo competitors will compete in the 20th Annual Bay Area Classic Yo Yo Contest on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The free to view Contest will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose.

Contest Schedule:
9:00 AM – 12:30: Prelims
12:30 – 1:00 PM: Break / On Stage Demo’s
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Finals, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 1A (in this order)
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Awards

Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest 2017
Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way
San Jose, 95110

Admission to the contest is free

Admission to the museum is $15.00

Museum hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Public parking ($5-$7) available in lots on Woz Way, Auzerais Street, and Almaden Boulevard. Additional downtown parking information.

Public Transit information.

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Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day 2017

Free Häagen-Dazs kid size scoop of your favorite flavor in either a cup, sugar cone, or cake cone on Tuesday, May 9 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm; limit one kid scoop per guest.

Participating Häagen-Dazs Shops:

Häagen-Dazs Shop
San Francisco Premium Outlets
2774 Livermore Outlets Drive
Livermore, 94551
(925) 243-9908

Häagen-Dazs Shop
Stoneridge Mall
1144 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, 94588
(925) 468-0293

Häagen-Dazs Shop
Santa Rosa Plaza
1071 Santa Rosa Plaza
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 545-2722

Häagen-Dazs Shop
Valley Fair Mall
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 2458
Santa Clara, 95050-6709
(408) 260-8882

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Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2017

On May 5 and 6 (peak), 2017 before dawn, is the Eta Aquariids meteor shower.

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is debris from Halley’s Comet.

The best time to watch these meteors is in the early morning hours, before the beginning of morning twilight (see below).

Give yourself at least an hour of viewing time for watching as there will be lulls. Remember that it may take up to 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

Some meteors may fly in the dark hour before dawn for a few days before and after May 5/6.

May 4 — morning twilight: 4:31 AM
May 5 — morning twilight: 4:29 AM
May 6 — morning twilight: 4:28 AM
May 7 — morning twilight: 4:26 AM

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Record Store Day 2017

Saturday, April 22 is Record Store Day.

“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records.”

The artists releasing special vinyls include Madonna, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Willie Nelson, David Bowie, and others.

Participating Stores (Not all of the stores will choose to participate in all promotions, or carry all releases. Call store!):

1-2-3-4 Go! Records
1034 Valencia Street
San Francisco, 94110
415-550-7865

Amoeba Music
1855 Haight St.
San Francisco, 94117
415-831-1200

Groove Merchant Records
687 Haight St.
San Francisco, 94117
415-252-5766

Grooves
1797 Market St.
San Francisco, 94117
415- 436 9933

Noise Records
3427 Balboa Street
San Francisco, 94121
415-702-6006

Rasputin Music and DVDs
1672 Haight St.
San Francisco, 94117
415-863-2448

Rasputin Music and DVDs
2401 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720
510-704-1146

Recycled Records
1377 Haight St.
San Francisco, 94117
415-626-4075

Stranded
1055 Valencia Street
San Francisco, 94110
415-647-2272

The Explorist International
3174 24th Street
San Francisco, 94110
415-678-5691

The Music Store
66 West Portal Ave
San Francisco, 94127
415-664-0408

Thrillhouse Records
3422 Mission Street
San Francisco, 94110
415-308-1353

Vinyl Dreams
593 Haight St.
San Francisco, 94117
415-379-0974

Western Relics
1400 Irving St.
San Francisco, 94122
415-759-5567

1-2-3-4 Go! Records
420 40th Street #5
Oakland, 94609
510 985-0325

Econo Jam Records
2519 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, 94612
510-465-2559

Groove Yard
5555 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, 94618
510-655-8400

Park Blvd Records
2014 Park Blvd
Oakland, 94606
510-879-7952

Amoeba Music
2455 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, 94704
510-549-1125

Hercules Records
1734 Alcatraz Ave
Berkeley, 94703
415-999-1139

Bedrock Music & Video
2226 4th Street
San Rafael, 94901
415-258-9745

Red Devil Records
894 Fourth Street
San Rafael, 94915
415-457-8999

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Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s is thanking its customers for their support by offering a free scoop of ice cream Tuesday, April 4, 2017 between noon and 8:00 pm.
As we know about free offerings, the line will be long.

Macy’s
170 O’Farrell St
Macy’s Department Store
San Francisco, 94102
415 263 7239

Fisherman’s Wharf
Pier 41
San Francisco, 94133
415 249 2656

Argonaut
475 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, 94109
415 567 5873

Haight Ashbury
1480 Haight Street
San Francisco, 94117
415 626 4143

Berkeley – Center Street
2130 Center Street
Suite 102
Berkeley, 94704
510 900 2460

Napa
1136 Main Street
Napa, 94559
707 696 9683

Jack London Square
505 Embarcadero West
Oakland, 94607
510 663 3477

Find a participating Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop here.

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Free Astronomy Lecture

The free lecture Galileo’s Telescopes and Observations – The Great Inflection Point in the History of Science presented by San Francisco Amateur Astronomers is Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm at the Presidio Officers’ Club. Galileo Galilei significantly improved the optical performance of the telescope and began a series of celestial observations.
“This talk will lay out the key developments in the history of science related to astronomy preceding Galileo, describe in detail what is known about the optics and construction of his telescopes, and then discuss his observations and how they radically changed the science of astronomy.”

Presidio Officers’ Club
50 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, 94129
(415) 561-4400

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Admission: Free

Presidio Map (PDF)
Public Transit

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Spring Forward

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Spring forward this Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Clocks are set forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. Many people set their clocks Saturday before bed.
Check if you need to reset the computer, microwave, phone, digital camera and other devices.
Daylight Saving Time begins 2:00 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March and lasts until 2:00 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.

Pacific Daylight Time is 7 hours behind of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Offset: UTC -7 hours

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2017 March 12 November 5
2018 March 11 November 4
2019 March 10 November 3
2020 March 8 November 1
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Bay Area Pet Expo 2017

The Bay Area Pet Expo at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is Saturday and Sunday, March 11 &12.
Admission to this indoor event is free (Parking $8.00) and non-aggressive, well-behaved pets are welcome — all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of appropriate vaccinations.
You will be required to sign a pet waiver at the entrance or you may fill your pet waiver form out in advance, waiver here (pdf).

The Expo features pet-friendly exhibitors, pet care tips, grooming, pet behavior & training, along with free nail trims, discounted vaccinations.
Don’t have a pet? Pets are available for adoption.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd
San Jose, 95111

Admission: Free
Parking is $8

Saturday, March 11 — 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, March 12 — 11:00am to 4:00pm

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Free Pancake Day at IHOP

Tuesday, March 7 is National Pancake Day. Get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes between 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at participating IHOP restaurants.

The pancakes are free, but consider at least a $5.00 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (local: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Oakland). Extra good: make a $5 donation and receive a coupon good for $5 off your next visit.

National Pancake Day
IHOP Restaurants
Find your IHOP here

Tuesday, March 7, 2017!
Free pancakes 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

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National Frozen Yogurt Day at Yogurtland

Yogurtland
National Frozen Yogurt Day is celebrated annually on February 6th.

Get a free yogurt and toppings in commemorative cup at Yogurtland Monday, February 6, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Find your Yogurtland location and check with them if they are participating. Yes, this should be easier.

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Free San Francisco Zoo Day for Roosters

zooIf you were born in the Year of the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) you will receive free Zoo admission on January 28-29 and February 4-5.

A Lunar New Year celebration at the San Francisco Zoo including traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances. Also, a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt within the Zoo to learn interesting facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar.

San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway
San Francisco, 94132
(415) 753-7080

Children ages 14 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Parking, weekdays — $10.00
Parking, weekends and holidays — $12.00

Non-Roosters —
Admission:
Adult (15-64) — $19.00
Seniors (65 and over) — $16.00
Children (4-14) — $13.00
Children (3 and under) — Free

SF Resident Admission (Proof of  SF residency required):
Adult (15-64) — $16.00
Seniors (65 and over) — $11.50
Children (4-14) — $9.50
Children (3 and under) — Free

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Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday

sealMarine Mammal Center Science Sunday is a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.
Interactive classroom presentations hosted by the Center’s education team. Learn interesting facts about marine mammals. Presentations are 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM (45 minutes each).

Marine Science Sundays 2017:
January 22: Animals of the Arctic
February 12 and 26: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups
March 12 and 26: The Big, The Small and The Weird
April 9 and 23: Magnificent Migrations
May 14 and 28: Back from the Brink: Saving Species
June 11 and 25: Marine Mammal Sounds
June 18 (3rd Sunday): Summer with the Sea Lions
July 9 and 23: Marine Mammal Superheroes
August 13 and 27: Under the Bridge: Marine Mammals of SF Bay
September 10 and 24: Top Predators: Orcas and Great White Sharks
September 17 (3rd Sunday): Sea Otter Spectacular
October 8 and 22: Creatures of the Deep
November 12 and 26: An Ocean Feast: Marine Mammal Feeding
December 10 and 24: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars of 2017

Directions to The Marine Mammal Center (PDF)

The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, 94965
(415) 289-7330

Admission: Free (donations welcome — The Marine Mammal Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization)
2nd and 4th Sundays each month
Daily: 10:00am to 5:00pm

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