Glass Pumpkin Garden Sale Marks End of An Era

 Glass Pumpkin Garden SaleGlass Pumpkin Garden Sale @ Cohn-Stone Studios Richmond.

Usually closed to the public, Cohn-Stone Studios will open its doors every weekend in October for its annual glass pumpkin garden sale.

The super sad hitch – after 25 years of making pumpkins Cohn-Stone studios is retiring the line. Once this crop is harvested that’s it folks. Consider this the end of an era.

If you have lusted for a fanciful, colorful, one-of-a-kind glass pumpkin put this open studio sale on your must-do list.

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014 Hits A High Note

hardly-strictly Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014 Hits A High Note. San Francisco. Free.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB), now in its 14th year, is three days of incredible music, rivaling (and often surpassing) the major music fests but with no hefty price tag. Or any price tag. As in free.

Prepare for a Hobson choice. With over 80 acts on six stages you cannot see them all. Check out the line up – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014 hits a high note.

Not sure who to see? Here are our top picks and our 10 tips for getting the most from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014.

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Fall Treat National Parks Free Day

Fall Treat National Parks Free DayFall Treat National Parks Free Day to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is the country’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Volunteers of every age work together building community as they plant trees, remove invasive plants, clean up beaches/trails, and build/maintain trails in National Parks and other public areas.

In honor of National Public Lands Day the Feds are treating all of us to FREE entry into most Federal Parks.

Volunteering though nice (and noble), is not required to take advantage of this deal.

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SF Exploratorium Engineering Day | Free Admission | 7 Insider Tips

SF Exploratorium Celebrates Engineering Day With Free AdmissionSF Exploratorium Engineering Day | Free Admission | 7 Insider Tips

Whether you are a science nerd, a geek or just have a passing interest in understanding how things work you will have a blast at The Exploratorium.

One of the world’s foremost interactive science museums,The Exploratorium makes natural phenomena and the world around us both exciting and understandable. The exhibits are so interesting they take the “sigh” out of learning science.

However, admission to this scientific fun house does not come cheap. So mark your calendar for Engineering Day, one of only five fun days during the year when the Exploratorium is admission free.

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Art At The Dump: Recology SF’s Fall Exhibit Is Transformative

Recology SF ArtArt At the Dump: Recology SF’s Fall Art Exhibit

Edgy, arty, and free, Recology’s Art at the Dump screams San Francisco in the best possible way. From landfill to gallery, see how Recology SF’s artists in residence repurpose your garbage. The exhibit is transformative and gives new meaning to dumpster diving.

Warning: don’t try this at home. This art exhibit is intriguing but try not to get too inspired – it is unlikely hoarding your own garbage will result in upcycling your trash into art…..

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Backstage Tours of the San Francisco Opera

backstage sf operaBackstage Tours of the San Francisco Opera

As part of last week’s NewCo Festival I visited the San Francisco Opera. Wait, what, the Opera is part of NewCo Festival?

NewCo Festival is a peek inside the City’s (the world’s?) most innovative start-ups and high-growth companies. Places like Twitter, Weebly, StumbleUpon, NextDoor were on my NewCo agenda. Opera screams stodgy, old century-redo. Definitely not start-up.

Whatever. I am a fan and I was curious so I put the San Francisco Opera on my NewCo Festival tour list. Wow. A look behind San Francisco Opera’s digital curtain reveals its time to rethink opera. At least in techno savvy San Francisco. Our Opera company is cutting-edge, innovative, and definitely this century.

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Free Museum Day Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine

 Free Museum Day from Smithsonian MagazineFree Museum Day Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine

Seventeen Bay Area museums are offering FREE admission as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live!

In addition to some of the big institutions there are also a lot of cool, possibly off the radar places offering free admission. This is the perfect opportunity to check out a new-to-you museum or visit an old standby.

Register, download, and go.

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Get First Dibs At The Amour Vert Fall Sample Sale

Amour Vert Fall 2014Amour Vert Fall Sample Sale

The Amour Vert Fall Sample Sale is your chance to snap up some great deals on locally made, high quality fashion.

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Friends of the SF Public Library 50th Annual Big Book Sale

SF Library Big Book SaleFriends of the SF Public Library 50th Annual Big Book Sale

About six months ago my non-hoarding, ultra-tidy (compulsive?) husband was hell-bent on a household reboot. Although I do not share his enthusiasm for constant house cleaning, much less periodic purging, I (generally) enjoy the fruits of his labor.

This time books were in his sight. We are all avid readers but not repeat readers so once finished our books are more trophies than useful. Therefore, Mr. Deal Tracker (wisely?) decided someone else could benefit from those books.

He purged with reckless abandon. Fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, art books, coffee table books, music books, DIY books, self-help books, hardcover, soft cover. His books, my books, the kids’ books. Not much escaped his heavy hand. He had no mercy.

In the end he amassed a whopping 25 boxes of books. All happily carted off to the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Leaving me particularly excited about the upcoming Friends of the SF Public Library 50th Annual Big Book Sale. I plan to get there early. My goal is two-fold. First, reclaim a few titles I just can’t live without. Trust me, there were real gems in those boxes. And second, pick up some used books that are new to me.

Friends of the SF Public Library 50th Annual Big Book Sale features my beloved ex-books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, vinyl, and other forms of media all priced $3 or less. Hold out until Sunday and all items left are only a dollar. Plus enjoy a treasure hunt for great prizes hidden in books with clues transmitted via twitter.

Free admission aka free visiting rights to former possessions….

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