In the current landscape of big-box stores and chain restaurants, many fear the dissolution of the small business. The worry is understandable, as many of these local ventures are what give cities, towns, and neighborhoods their distinctive flavor. It doesn't help that, on average, only 13% of the money spent at corporately-owned emporiums actually finds its way back to the community. This means that 87% of the dollars spent find themselves in a faraway bank account with nothing but a distant memory of the newborn pennies they left behind at home. When people give local shops and restaurants their business, however, an average of 45% of their money goes toward keeping the area and its unique culture thriving.
Fueled by this understanding, the folks at Localize It! helm The Alameda Summer Stroll, an evening of neighborhood appreciation, art, and live music. During certain days throughout the season, participants meander along several streets of the bay-adjacent burg to peruse the goods from local operations and sample locally crafted food, beer, and wine. They can even participate in a wine tasting and food pairings, as well as take advantage of discounts at area restaurants, such as Pasta Pelican, Calafia Taqueria, and East Ocean Seafood Restaurant. Along the way, neighborhood crawlers can stop to take in the musical strains of Jim Parodi and Friends or admire masterpieces by local Alameda and Oakland artists.
The stakes are undoubtedly high. At the current rate of donation, more than 30% of people on the National Organ Transplant Waiting List will never get the organs they need. California Transplant Donor Network aims to change that by educating people and raising awareness. They also put boots on the ground, facilitating organ and tissue donation by offering assistance to 175 hospitals in California and Nevada. In addition to their donation work, the network holds events such as 5Ks to raise funds and invites families of donors to contribute memories to the Donor Memorial Quilt Project.
If you love sports, you'll probably also love Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in Oakland.
No matter what you're hungry for, the menu at this club promises the perfect dish for you.
This club welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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Amateurs in Motion (AIM) is for those of us who have never truly enjoyed exercise and for those of us who were once consistently active and want desperately to get back. Our program will help you find the joy in motion – maintain a healthy weight and feel great again!
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project: A Timeline
2003: When Jessie Audette lived in Brazil, she spent five years witnessing the slow completion of Chilean artist Jorge Selaron’s mural, a tiered decoration of 215 steps. She remembered that experience when she moved to San Francisco and saw the 163 steps at 16th Avenue and Moraga. Feeling the muse nudging her, she saw a blank a canvas in the steps’ bare, cement rises and began to organize a project to beautify them with her friend and neighbor, Alice Xavier.
Later in 2003: The project gained some steam through an alliance of forty area residents and a neighborhood association. With a little money and newly bestowed titles of Project Organizers, Jessie and Alice began selecting artists to design the project. Eventually, they selected Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, both professionals experienced in working alongside a community.
2004: They spent this year fundraising, permit seeking, and, most excitingly, purchasing materials. By the end of 2004, the project had all the tiles it needed thanks to Jessie’s and Alice’s shopping sprees and plenty of donations from community members. One of those donations came from an Italian ceramicist from Caltagirone, Italy who created a unique tile to commemorate sisterhood between the two metropolises (Caltagirone has its own set of mosaic steps).
2005: As the project gained momentum, local business hopped on board to help pay for the actual installation of the enormous mural. Construction began in July, and finished a mere one month later, thanks to the efforts of artists, workers, businesses, and almost 300 neighbors. The ribbon cutting ceremony featured food, music, and dancers. The Mayor even declared it 16h Avenue Tiled Steps Day, an honest-to-goodness local holiday.
2006 and onward: Volunteers continue to come out yearly to sculpt and maintain the sloped and terraced gardens that surround the staircase, an ongoing community effort that commemorates the steps’ creation.
What could be more fun than a fun run? Two fun runs bundled into one, of course. At the Golden Gate 8K Double Adventure Run, the burgeoning new sport of Double Running elevates an ordinary race into the extraordinary with a simple premise: it's a 5K run with a halftime break for recovery, followed by a final 3K trek to the finish line. Here's what to expect from this event designed to challenge and thrill runners of all ages and skill levels.
The course: It begins at historic Crissy Field (near the Presidio) and leads runners along the hills, trails, and jaw-dropping vistas of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Over 80% of the route features picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The swag: a t-shirt, bag, and finisher medal
The causes: The race benefits the American Red Cross and JustRun's youth fitness programs.