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Get your hands dirty this Saturday by joining the volunteer crew that maintains the Marin Headlands Nursery for the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy at Fort Cronkhite. From 9-12 you will be collecting seeds, growing plants and lending a hand in maintaining and restoring the natural habitat. Every year the GGPC adds 30,000 plants to this environment. You didn’t think Mother Nature did it alone, did you?

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past masters

Better get used to the idea that our youth is now museum worthy. ‘Designed in California’ the new exhibit at SFMOMA runs from Jan 27-May 27 and features works from Heath Ceramics, Apple, Ant Farm and Charles and Ray Eames who are regarded as gods by millennials worshipping the mid-century designs we casually rejected.

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nesting

Cabins, cottages, hotels…been there, done that. If you’re looking for a close-in, truly original getaway this summer, Airb&b has a couple of interesting treehouses ready for adult occupancy. In Burlingame there’s a 1-bedroom aerie in the middle of a forest with Bay view, just 20 minutes from the City. $275 a night. Way up on the astonishing scale is another treehouse, this one 2 miles from the beach in Aptos on 1.5 secluded acres with 3 bedrooms and 3 decks, full kitchen. $395 a night with a very committed 30 night minimum.

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truly cheesy

Test how insatiable your appetite for rivers of cheese melting over pasta is the Saturday (and maybe Sunday) from 11-5 at the Great Mac ‘n Cheese Melt-Off at Soma StrEat Food Park. 15 food trucks and popups specializing in this calorific pleasure will be tempting you to toss out your diet resolutions for a couple of hours. $15.

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all in

Though I don’t understand why Saturday’s parades in San Francisco, Oakland, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, San Jose and other local cities against the abominations of the current administration needs to be gender specific and called a “Women’s March” (guys find the situation equally offensive), my support is whole-hearted.

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greek for beginners

Stir up your memories of Anthony Quinn dancing on the beach in “Zorba” as you enter the Joe Goode Annex on Alabama Street where Greek dancing classes are held. Every Monday night at Greek Feet there’s a beginner’s session from 7-7:30 followed by a regular class until 9:30. It seems to be as much a party as a class. Drop-in $10. $20 a month.

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testing 1,2,3….

Slurp your way through Sausalito’s 3rd Annual Souper Bowl from 1-5 on January 27. 11 restaurants including Sushi Ran, Scoma’s and the Trident will be offering tastes of their best soups. You vote on your favorites. $15. Very walkable.

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super soup

What every kitchen needs during these chilly winter days  is a big pot of stewish soup on the burner. A highly recommended addition to your cold weather repertoire is pozole , the Mexican classic which is usually pork based. You can make it with chicken or beef or vegetarian plus various chiles, red or green sauce, avocado, salsa and lime. Hearty but not too heavy. Like most stews its gets better the second and third day.

 

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woof hall

According to the latest data I could dig up the most popular dog breed in the Bay Area are mixed ones, i.e. mutts. But if you’re in the market for a purer bred canine companion you might start your shopping Saturday and Sunday January 27 & 28 at the Golden Gate Kennel Club’s big show at the Cow Palace. Dogs by the dozens will be competing for ribbons. They’re not for sale but owners will be happy to discuss temperament and intelligence with you. Seniors $15

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eye catching

This weekend is a corneal extravaganza with three art fairs competing for your eyeballs. At Fort Mason: “FogFair” runs from Jan 11-14 starring 45 galleries including blue chip dealers like Bergruenn, Gagosian, Pace and Marian Goodman as well as more affordable crafts, furniture and housewares. $25.At the Palace of Fine Arts is “Untitled” with works from major players like David Zwirner and institutions like the Berkeley Art Museum, plus performances and “conversations”(lectures). $26. The newcomer is the East Cut Art Fair a popup at 160 Spear Street on Jan 13 and 14, curated by four local galleries with more reasonable prices. Free.

 

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