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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City Star Party at Point Lobos/Lands End

telescopeSpace is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space. — Douglas Adams

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (SFAA) present its January San Francisco City Star Party this Saturday 14th from 6:00 pm.

SFAA members provide telescopes for you to view planets/stars.

Directions/Parking: At the intersection of Point Lobos Avenue and El Camino Del Mar, travel northbound on El Camino Del Mar, passing Seal Rock Drive on your right and you will see a “Not a Through Street” sign and another sign for Fort Miley. Continue until the road ends in a parking lot.

Admission: Free

Saturday, January 14, 2017
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Note: bad weather or overcast skies will cancel the event.

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Bay Area Discovery Museum Free

bay-area-discovery-museumWednesday, February 1, 2017 is free admission day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. Admission is free on the first Wednesday of every month.
Important note: all children (ages 1-17) must always be accompanied by adults, and all adults accompanied by children.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an indoor and outdoor children’s museum.  “Our mission to ignite and advance creative thinking for children influences everything we do at the museum.”
Programs feature hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions.

Exhibits include: Rainforest Adventure; Bay Hall features boats, the wharf, and an underwater tunnel, plus vintage train sets; Imagination Playground features soft and oversized foam blocks, noodles, and chutes with holes and shapes that fit together; other exhibits.

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Fort Baker
557 McReynolds Road 
Sausalito, 94965
(415) 339-3900

Admission: Free (first Wednesday of every month)
All children (ages 1-17) must always be accompanied by adults, and all adults accompanied by children.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Fire, ‘hard landing’ for JetBlue plane in Sacramento

Sacramento’s KCRA is reporting that 15 people suffered minor injuries today when a JetBlue flight from Long Beach to Sacramento made a “hard landing.”

At least one of the plane’s tires blew and caught fire on landing, possibly due to brake trouble. Earlier reports which suggested there was a fire on board the plane appear to have been a misunderstanding.

The plane had 86 passengers and crew aboard. This KCRA page has twitter-like updates. And a complete story on CBS News.

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Cooling off in the Mission

The scene at 26th and Harrison, 5:00 pm today.

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3rd and King Borders store to close

SFist reports that “store closing” discount signs have appeared in the aisles of the Borders bookstore on Third and King Streets, depriving Giants fans of a rendezvous spot and after-game shopping experience. The store, whose cafe was usually lively, has been open pretty much ever since the ballpark opened ten years ago, is another victim of the changing book retail industry. A bowling alley may go in its place, SFist reports. LiveSOMA has more details, and the closing date, Oct. 16.


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