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After one look at the pristine pools packed with toys, and it?s no surprise why La Petite Baleen?s four San Francisco?area swim facilities are so popular with kids. What may be surprising, however, is that the flourishing network of schools started humbly in the backyard pool of John Kolbisen and Irene Madrid. In 1979, the public school teachers were brainstorming ways to integrate their passion for educating kids with their love of the water. Starting with their own three children, some neighborhood kids, and their logo?Waverly the Whale, John and Irene began teaching swim lessons with a rather progressive philosophy: They approached swimming not just as an extracurricular activity, but as a means to boost self-confidence, build friendships, and learn to overcome fears. More than 30 years later, La Petite Baleen has become a renowned family of schools, partnered with the U.S. Swim School Association and the Swim for Life Foundation. Part of the success has to do with how children are grouped. In weekly sessions, pods of tots of similar age, skill level, and personality evolve at a similar pace?earning individual achievement ribbons as they do. Kids make friends in the group, and the recurring scheduling means that they can stay enrolled with their new buddies indefinitely or until they grow their own dorsal fins. Each location?s indoor pools are kept at an inviting 90 degrees, in an attempt to make even the most timid student to feel comfortable in the water. Perhaps most importantly, the teachers participate in ongoing training designed to encourage empathetic, yet firm teaching methods.
933 Mason St.
San Francisco,
CA
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Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival—the longest-running film festival in the Americas—San Francisco Film Society feeds the cinematic passions of fans, filmmakers, and students, showcasing more than 300 films every year. The Film Enthusiast membership entitles movie mavens to a plethora of perks worth rubbing in the noses of adversarial cinephiles who won’t stop boasting about how much popcorn they can eat in one sitting. Members also get the skinny on San Francisco International Film Festival special events and screenings, running April 21-May 5.
39 Mesa Street
San Francisco,
CA
US
What makes it great: more than 6,400 yards of tight fairways and small greens along San Francisco’s famous hills; covered in eucalyptus; famous visitors such as Teddy Roosevelt and Joe DiMaggio; elevated greens on 13 holes (mind your chip shots)
300 Finley Rd
San Francisco,
CA
US
Craving finger food? Head to Rockit Room and chow down on classic pub fare. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. TVs are also on hand in the bar to keep up with the latest scores. Rockit Room can easily accommodate large groups or parties. Sit back and enjoy the bar's live music, or take your table out on the dance floor. Speakers are blaring and crowds roaring at the bar, so prepare for a noisy night out. Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd. No need to gussy up for a trip to Rockit Room, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. The neighboring lot provides free parking to visitors. Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
406 Clement St
San Francisco,
CA
US
Taking its name from a Sean O'Casey play, The Plough and the Stars wears its Hibernian heritage on its sleeve as it captivates visitors with an atmosphere of Irish whiskeys, heady beers, and live music. The owners and most of the staff hail from the Emerald Isle, charming their guests with authentic accents and a mastery of pouring Guinness the Irish way—easing the black ambrosia into a glass as they recite On Raglan Road while drinking a cup of water. Patrons sip perfectly mixed irish coffees as they watch Celtic set dancing on Thursdays or raise their glasses of draft Kilkenny and Smithwick's to live bluegrass, blues, and traditional Irish tunes almost every day of the week.
116 Clement St
San Francisco,
CA
US
Shan-Yee Poon Ballet School has cultivated grace and talent in its students for 25 years, but its namesake instructor?s relationship with dance goes back even further. Artistic director Shan-Yee Poon graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London and spent four years as a principal dancer at the State Theater in West Germany before relocating to San Francisco in 1984, where she landed a soloist spot at the San Francisco Opera Ballet. She and her team of professional instructors imbue the next generation of dancers with a strong foundation for ballet. They also offer comprehensive instruction in jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, acrobatics, tumbling for tots, boys' ballet, ballet/tap combo, and dance movement for toddlers and parents. They welcome children, teens, and adults into a warm classroom setting at three striking studios, one of which has vaulted ceilings, intricate architectural details, and stained-glass windows. Though instructors demand the best from their pupils, they use loving encouragement as their main teaching technique.
403 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US
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