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bringing home the bacon

Given the Bay Area’s fascination with all things swinish it was only a matter of time before hunting wild pigs became trendy. Up in the North Bay and down south near King City companies for stalking these ungulates, like Broadside Boar Hunting Adventures, are being organized. There are already well-established groups pursuing mountain lions, turkeys and angora goats. Prices around $600 a day.

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spring?

Much less noisy and a bit less crowded than the Chinese New Year Parade is the Flower Market Fair this Saturday on Grant Avenue. Especially after this serious winter it will be a relief to see all the blossoming harbingers of spring, the orchids, the cherry blossoms, the tangerines, the oranges, the candied melons and coconuts. Traditional entertainment from magicians, acrobats, folk dancers, opera singers. Free.

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anger management

The President-elect won’t give a damn. He’ll mock and insult you as sore losers. But if what you need to survive this nauseous inaugural weekend is a potent display of opposition to this lying blowhard, then join the crowds across the Bay Area. On and beyond the Golden Gate Bridge there will be a human chain. Another protest is planned at UN Plaza followed by a march down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza. There are women’s marches in San Jose, Oakland , Walnut Creek and Santa Cruz. Occupy loyalists are expected to show up in downtown Oakland.

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deal me in

Who are we? Why are we here? What it’s all about? The mysteries of life can be esoterically explained by tarot cards and if you’ve ever wanted to learn how they work you might be inclined to stop by the Center on Fillmore Street from 4-7 pm on January 29. Casey Zabala is holding a workshop on reading these cards for both the credulous and the incredulous . $25.

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star lit

Literary mountaineers will be climbing Russian Hill this weekend for “Inspiration”, a 2-day conference of writers and poets and fans at the San Francisco Art Institute. Presenters include Jonathan Franzen, the Great American Writer du jour, US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Kay Ryan, our most celebrated local poet and an array of publishing professionals. The kickoff is a party at City Lights on Friday night. Full event fee is $250.

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starry, starry night

Mr. Metaphor, local novelist Michael Chabon, calls the stars the “circuitry of heaven” and if there’s a break in the storms this Saturday night you can catch the glittering galactic show out at Lands End aka Point Lobos. From 6-10pm the SF Amateur Astronomers will be holding their monthly Star Party and will be happy to share views through their telescopes and tell you what you’re seeing. If the clouds haven’t passed you can always check in with them again next month. Free.

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plastic fantastic

Paint and pixels are not the only materials employed by Bay Area artists. This is the last weekend for you and your grandkids to catch the Holiday LEGO show in Palo Alto at the Museum of American Heritage. Clever imaginations have taken these little blocks and built them Bay Area landmarks, miniature cities, castles, sculptures, even human portraits. It runs from 11 am to 3:45. $3.

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deluge dinner

Get through the current monsoons pretending we’re in storm-tossed Brittany and head to Sur La Table to learn the ropes of preparing a classic French winter meal. At various times and store locations, sign up for a class preparing Lyonnaise Onion Soup Gratinee, Warm Winter Greens and Haricot Vert Salad with Hazelnuts and Chevre, Bistro Steak in Burgundy Reduction and Parisian Chocolate Cloud with hot cocoa. $75

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shore leave

It’s not just apps that fuel California’s economy. It is, and always has been, water. And there are few places where you can marvel at the wonders of our 1150 square mile Delta than the Big Break Regional Shoreline Park in Oakley. Here is where snow melt meets salt water, where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers drain half of the State. This is an astounding wildlife habit with over 70 bird species including herons, egrets and ibis, not to mention a frequent mammal population of beavers and river otters. At the new Visitors Center there are educational exhibits including a 1200 square foot interactive map. Nearby is a fishing pier, kayak launching sites and shoreline hiking trails.

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what price glory?

You think Warriors’ tickets are pricey? Check out some of the fan gear available at their official store during their Winter Sale. A ball autographed by his serene majesty Stephen Curry, the”Baby Faced Assassin” is now going for $749.99. His autographed Keds are $674.99. The unstoppable Kevin Durant’s signed ball is a steal at $599.99. The godlike Klay’s Thompson’s is practically a give-away at $149.99. On the other hand a Warrior jersey for your pooch is only $24.99.

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