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38Makers 2017 Holiday Gift Fair @ Pinterest

 38Makers 2017 Holiday Gift Fair. November 4, 2017.

The 38Makers 2017 Holiday Gift Fair kicks off the season with locally made gifts in a unique and festive setting (Pinterest’s HQ!)

Curated by Pinterest and featuring SFMade products, the 38Makers Holiday Gift Fair is the love child of Pinterest and SFMade. Seriously.

Find jewelry, home decor, kitchen accessories, gourmet gifts, wine, home & garden items, holiday cards & decorations, stationery, bags, body products, men’s & women’s apparel, pet gear, and more – all from San Francisco manufacturers and artisans.


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5 Tips for Shopping BIA Outlet and Chef’s Warehouse Fall Sale 2016

BIA Chef's Outlet Sale BIA Outlet and Chef’s Warehouse Fall Sale 2016. October 28-30, 2016. Prices held over and many items reduced further. (Scroll down for post update effective November 2016)

Calling all cooks: BIA Outlet and Chef’s Warehouse Fall Sale 2016 has great deals on  porcelain, stoneware, linens, serving pieces, and more. Save up to  80% off retail on quality overstocks and discontinued items perfect for everyday use, entertaining, and hostess gifts.

If you enjoy cooking and all the accoutrements that go with it – minus the big price tags –  put the upcoming BIA Outlet and Chef’s Warehouse Fall Sale 2016 on your shopping must-do list.

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Museum Member For a Day 2015

Museum Member Swap DayMuseum Member For A Day 2015.
January 24, 2015.

Thirteen Bay Area cultural institutions are teaming up to host Museum Member For a Day 2015 – reciprocal museum membership.

Members from participating institutions enjoy reciprocal general admission at each participating museum.

Bonus:  Many museums are having special activities and offering Museum Member for a Day discounts at their museum stores.

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7 Picks for Litquake 2014

     Litquake2014                                                                        7 Picks for Litquake 2014

Readers, writers and literati rejoice, Litquake 2014 starts this week with nine glorious marathon-style days of literary gluttony.

Enjoy over 150 (mostly admission free) literary events including readings, theater, discussions, films, cross-media happenings, parties, workshops, and more.

Get inspiREAD.

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SF Giants FanFest 2014

fan fest map 2012SF Giants FanFest. February 1, 2014. AT&T Park, San Francisco. Free.

Okay Giants’ fans, here are today’s numbers: 71, 30, 10, 5. As in, 71 days until the Giant’s home opener, 30 days until the start of Spring Training, 10 days until pitchers and catchers report, and a mere 5 days to SF Giants FanFest 2014.

It is the countdown to baseball and in the wake of the Seahawks agonizing defeat of the 49ers, and worse, their retreat to Santa Clara, baseball season could not arrive sooner. Ditto FanFest.

71, 30, 10, 5 to the sweet sight of orange and black, the sound of “playyyy ball,” the air-filled with the smell of garlic fries and hot dogs. 2014 holds great promise for the SF Giants’ faithful.


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Staged Reading of “Don’t Eat Cat”

Don't Eat CatStaged Reading of “Don’t Eat Cat.”  January 14, 2014, San Francisco. Free.


Hungry for something different to do on an otherwise boring Tuesday night? Here is a chance to get in the ground floor with Word for Word’s staged reading of Jess Walter’s short story intriguingly called “Don’t Eat Cat.” The reading is a first look at a possible full-blown production. Continue reading

The Adidas Warehouse Clearance Event Returns to the Cow Palace

Addidas warehouse sale Adidas Warehouse Clearance Sale. December 12-15, 2013. Daly City.


The Adidas Warehouse Clearance Event is a great opportunity to stock up on footwear, apparel and accessories for your kids and for yourself at prices significantly below regular retail.

Expect huge savings on footwear (wide assortment marked $40), apparel (tops/$15, bottoms/$25, jackets and sweatshirts/$30-40 and,socks/$5) and accessories for the entire family. Allegedly the best prices of the year.


Adidas Giant Warehouse Clearance Event
Cow Palace, Exhibit Building 2
2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City, CA 94014

December 12-15, 2013.
Thursday – Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm

FREE Admission.


Based on the last Cow Palace sale expect acres of Adidas stuff including Adidas Originals, Sports Performance, Y-3, SLVR and Stella McCartney lines. Accessories too, like backpacks, socks, watches, and sunglasses.

This is truly warehouse style shopping. Picture a cavernous room with long folding tables adorned with cardboard boxes stuffed with “treasures.”  Thankfully the boxes are marked by size but after a while of customer “sorting” I guarantee a disorganized jumble. The point is, this is for die-hard shoppers and not dilettantes. You know who you are.

Tip: There are no dressings rooms. I did spot one full length mirror leaned against a wall by the woman’s bathroom. Wear a tank top under your shirt so you can try on tops. Wear leggings so you can try on workout pants over your leggings. Bring a trusted friend for another opinion.

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Wildflower Hike Along The Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail


Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail. Free Docent Led Hikes. San Bruno.

Taxes are due so soon we can do the countdown in hours. Does that strike fear in your heart? It does mine.

I will do anything to avoid working on my taxes. Laundry, vacuuming, dusting – no household task is too taxing (ugh, sorry) in the face of crunching numbers. I even planned to do a blog post on procrastination in honor of tax day, but I put it off. No joke.

But procrastination leads to today’s post about a very cool hiking trail. A path to aid your procrastination in case you are looking for a diversion from working on your taxes or all the things piling up in your in box or on your to-do list.

The sky is a deep blue, the sun is shining, and birds (ugh geese too) are everywhere. It’s the perfect time to ditch your have-tos and head out of The City.  As in “take a hike.” Wild flowers, squishy trails, and butterflies. Do you feel me? Except for one thing. This hike is not for procrastinators because you have to sign up ahead of time.

Instead I am offering a carrot. At the first inkling of procrastination give in and sign up for this hike.  Then back to work. Daydream about the hike while you collect and add up your receipts.  Consider who you will invite on the hike while you wait for Turbotax to spit out the evil numbers. This is kind of a procrastination exercise in reverse. Happy trails.


Located just beyond The City limits off  I-280 (by Crystal Springs Reservoir ) the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail  is part of 23,000 acres of wild open space. The area is a haven for the rare marbled murrelet sea bird, the San Bruno Elfin and Mission Blue Butterflies – all on the endangered species list. Their endangered status is one of the reasons public use of the trail is restricted to docent led groups. I can live with that.

With some advance planning you can enjoy a rare opportunity to hike, bike, or ride your horse (you know the one you keep behind your condo on Polk Street) along the beautiful Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail. Accessible only to small docent led groups through a reservation system, the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail is well worth the booking effort. Really.


Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail

Location: Intersection of Skyline Quarry Road & Highway 92 . Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: Drive westbound on CA-92 crossing under I-280. Remain on CA-92 crossing over the Crystal Springs Reservoir, half mile to the Skyline Quarry gate (painted silver). The gate is on the north side of Highway 92 and is signed “Skyline Quarry”. The gate is near a blue call box. The door is normally closed. When guided hikes along Fifield-Cahill Trail are organized by park authorities, the gate is opened to let cars in. No parking fee.

Register to hike at the SFWater Website.

Groups must be accompanied by a volunteer trail leader and are limited to approximately 20 people (fewer on horseback), scheduled no more than three times a day on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You can reserve spaces for as many as five people for any one event.


No Dogs allowed.

Details to Know Before You Go:  

•    The managed segment of the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail from Highway 92 to Sweeney Ridge is 10 miles long and takes approximately 5-7 hours to complete on foot, with shorter hikes possible.

•    Fifield-Cahill Ridge connects with the 3.7 miles of the Sweeney Ridge Trail open to the public. Visitors interested in connecting their trek on the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail with Sweeney Ridge can contact the Golden Gate National Recreation Area .

•    Trail Condition: The trail is a gravel service road, with periods of loose base rock. Grades range from 0% to 21%. The steepest grade stretches 1.3 miles from Skyline Quarry (elevation 400 ft.) to Cemetery Gate (elevation 1,050 ft.) on Cahill Ridge, with a vertical elevation change of 650 ft.

•    Time to Complete the Hike: Approximately 5-7 hours to complete the entire 10 miles on foot.

•    Weather Conditions: Temperatures vary greatly over the length of the trail. Prepare for potential extremes in temperature and conditions due to microclimatic influences particularly in the summer. Trail users can expect as much as 20 F variations in temperature.

•    Trail Amenities: Toilets at approximately 2-mile intervals along the trail, starting at Skyline Quarry.

•    NO WATER IS AVAILABLE ON THE TRAIL. You must bring your own water. At least 1½ quarts per person is recommended.

•    Persons with Special Needs: Trail users with disabilities may access the trail at Cemetery Gate. The accessible portion of the trail stretches 1.4 miles north of Cemetery Gate to a rest area with accessible restroom facilities. Accessible trail event opportunities are available for independent use for persons of all abilities. Call (650) 652-3207 for information on special needs access to the trail.


I love urban hiking but there are times when my brain needs quiet and my body needs to be surrounded by nature not flower boxes and parklets. Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail is just the antidote to life in The City. Plus it is so close it hardly qualifies as a field trip but your soul will feel otherwise. And with 10 miles of hiking your soles will probably feel  otherwise as well. But so worth it.

•    Plan this hike well in advance. Annoying but necessary.
•    Dress in layers.  Worth repeating since the ridges can be windy and foggy in one spot and hot and full sun in other parts. Think multiple Bay Area micro-climates all in one excursion.
•    Pack a lunch and snacks – this is a long hike and there is a lunch break at about mile  5.
•    Bring plenty of water, there is none on the trail.
•    Bring a camera for the views, wildflowers in the spring,wildlife, and your companions.Social media hounds will want to post on FB or instagram. You know who you are…
•    Wear sturdy/comfy shoes and socks with good padding.  It’s a long hike on packed gravel roads.
•    Bring enough cars to shuttle everyone to Skyline College and at the end take everyone back up there to get the shuttle cars.  The docent will most likely ride with you.
•    Refer to your permit on where to meet and check the phone line a day or two before the hike for final instructions.

Okay fellow city slickers, take a hike and enjoy the great outdoors.

Chronicle Book’s Warehouse Sale Date Change!!!


Chronicle Book’s Warehouse Sale new dates are April 25th – 27th. The original Deal Tracker post has the updated sale date but make sure you change your calendar.

You will find hundreds of books and gifts marked at 65% below retail. Look for cookbooks, children’s books, lifestyle and home, arts and crafts, art and design, photography, travel, pop culture, and music titles. You’ll also find deals on journals, stationery, and much more.

April 25, 2013 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
April 26, 2013 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
April 27, 2013 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Enjoy Free Museum Admission With “Check Out SF Family Pass”

family passSan Francisco Families – Get Free entry to 17 Great Attractions. Check Out SF  has bit the dust! Woo Who. Welcome Discover & Go. (updated September 2015)

San Francisco Public Library is transitioning its free museum and attractions passes program, known as Check Out San Francisco Family Pass, to a new online platform called Discover & Go. Library users who are San Francisco residents will still be able to access free passes to more than a dozen San Francisco museums and attractions with the use of their library card. With Discover & Go, library users can better plan their visits to local attractions by reserving a pass online with their library card and printing their tickets at home or at the neighborhood library. In addition, while the Check Out San Francisco Family Pass was available only for families accompanied by children under 18, many Discover & Go attraction passes are available for users of any age.

Deal Tracker SF has left the rest of this post intact for historical purposes but it is outdated and we say “Yay”! Discover and Go is a much better program.

To start accessing passes to a variety of Bay Area attractions with your Library card, go to:

Do the two words, “Spring Break” strike fear in your heart? I know it does mine. A week of no school can be a challenge for even the most creative parent not to mention expensive. Which is why I love today’s deal.  FREE entry to great attractions with the Check Out SF Family Pass for San Francisco families.

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