Walking in San Carlos

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  • Localize It! Presents...The Alameda Summer Stroll
    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.
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    1435 Webster St.
    Alameda, CA US
  • California Transplant Donor Network
    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.
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    4701 Great America Parkway
    Santa Clara, CA US
  • Baby Boot Camp San Jose
    After the birth of her first child in 2001, Baby Boot Camp’s founder, certified trainer, and spin and Pilates instructor, Kristen Horler, wanted a postnatal fitness program that didn't require her to leave her baby at the door. Her solution was to start a suite of programs just for new and expecting parents where mothers could bond with their infants while soaking up the support and camaraderie of their peers. During Strollfit and Strollga sessions, certified trainers and Radio Flyers equipped with outboard motors lead ladies through innovative routines that incorporate baby-filled strollers into yoga, cardio, and strength training. For long-term fitness, coaches encourage aspiring runners to break through the tape during the 5K training program, and Kristen's own Nutrition Solutions teaches the benefits of healthy eating habits during a four-week program designed by registered dietitians.
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    447 Great Mall Drive
    Milpitas, CA US
  • Bay Area Expeditions
    Backpack through a Big Sur ravine, winding through coastal hills and craning your neck up at giant redwoods. When evening falls, guides set up a floorless Kifaru tipi that fits 12, and cook a delicious, calorie-replenishing meal. The leisurely, 5-mile round-trip excursion also provides an Agnes air pad for sleeping, water filters, GPS, and wilderness lessons.
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    525 Haight Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
    The Ridge Trail Council is a Bay Area nonprofit organization that seeks to join all Bay Area communities with 500 miles of multiuse trails. A yearlong family membership entitles two adults and their children to benefits as stunning as the panoramic vistas of the great outdoors. With advanced registration to popular trail events such as the multi-sport Ridge to Bridge, a marathon event that includes food and water and is next scheduled for April 2011, you won't need to plaintively wander over the trail's foggy, thicketed scalper meadow when the event inevitably sells out. Trail guidebooks are included with each membership, so families can set out on precisely planned pilgrimages. Members are also admitted to member-only natural odysseys such as the Presidio Solstice Ramble, a hike each winter solstice that includes free hors d'oeuvres and beverages, which is preferable to standard solstice traditions of bearing witness to chipmunks' annual temporary powers of speech, self-awareness, and attorney. Special offers such as free event registration and gratis hiking gear are also available to members and are relayed via a biannual newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter.
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    1007 General Kennedy Ave
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Hiking Yoga - San Francisco
    Hiking Yoga's founder, Eric Kipp, assembles a group of spry yogis several times a week before he puts more than a decade's worth of outdoor fitness experience to use. Students join Eric and other skilled teachers for rousing cardio, strength building, and flexibility training while hiking the hills of the Bay Area and stopping in scenic spots to do yoga. Classes are available throughout the week, and an online schedule makes it easy to sign up for your upcoming class, find time to witness some of the lesser-seen vistas of the area and achieve an impactful workout. Eric also supplies yoga mats and staff for each class.
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    1 Ferry Bldg.
    San Francisco, CA US