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Weekend Planner: October 16


Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.


Friday, October 16



Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz

7 PM, All Ages


GLOW is a digital art and fire festival featuring some of the best artists in the Santa Cruz County area.

GLOW: Digital Night Friday October 16th 2015, 7-10PM

The museum will be electrified with glowing dances, laser magic tricks, projections, LED sculptures, interactive digital art and giant shadow puppets.  Explore a blacklight activity room full of crafts, glowing face paint and body art tattoos.  Learn about why things glow with UCSC scientists and glow in the dark with friends and family.

GLOW: Fire Night Saturday October 17th 2015, 7-10PM

Cooper Street and Abbott Square will be glowing with fire dancing, flaming fire art sculptures, radiating music and dancing in the streets. Local fire artists will show their latest burning man creations of fire art that will ignite into musical flames, burning branches and fire cannonades.

Advance tickets are available below for both nights. Members get in half price– join today to get your discount.

This event is CASH ONLY the night of. Please DO NOT bring strollers or pets.

Please visit our website for more information:



Stanford University, Stanford

6 PM, All Ages

Free or Donation

The L.A.S.T. festival is a weekend event :

  1. We chose the disciplines that will change the world in the near future and invited a visionary speaker for each one. Speakers will include world experts on Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, Nanotech, Space Exploration, and Synthetic Biology.

Featured Speakers include:

  1. Peter Norvig, director of research at Google, on Artificial Intelligence

  2. Bruno Olshausen, director of the Redwood Center for Neuroscience at UC Berkeley 

  3. Jennifer Dionne, director of the Nanotech Lab at Stanford 

  4. Chris McKay, chief planetary scientist at NASA 

  5. Andrew Endy, director of a Synthetic Biology lab at Stanford

Featured Artists: Lots of digital art. Too many to list here! see !

Plus on sunday a special “Homo Digitalis” section with talks and panels on the impact of new media on the human mind.

RSVP for any of the three days, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th


Saturday, October 17



Oakland Zoo, Oakland

10 AM, All Ages

Free for Teachers and Family

Oakland Zoo is hosting their very 1st Teacher Appreciation Day!

Teachers and their immediate family (1 additional adult and up to 4 accompanying children in the same household) will receive FREE admission. Pre-registration is recommended. Along with a ticket, all teachers must present valid district id or current paycheck stub at check-in.

There will be scheduled events throughout the day for teachers to learn about education programs offered by Oakland Zoo. Teachers are also eligible to get a 20% discount on zoo membership.

Zoo visitors are encouraged to bring in school supplies, which will be distributed to the teachers attending. Each individual who brings school supplies will receive one FREE ride ticket!


What time should I arrive?

We suggest close to opening because parking can be difficult later in the day. The zoo opens at 10 am. Recommendations on where to park are included in your confirmation email.

Where do teachers check-in?

We recommend entering at the zoo’s Lower Entrance, which is connected to Maddie’s Center for Science and Environmental Education. Most of the mock programs and information stations will be set up there. There will be a second check-in table at the zoo’s main entrance in case attendees accidentally park on that side of the zoo.

How many people can I bring?

Teachers are invited to bring their immediate family, up to one additional adult and four children living in the same household. If you have more than four children in your household, please contact us to make arrangements ( If you would like to bring friends or family that do not share your household, they are welcome to come along and pay regular zoo admission.

Do I have to pay for parking?

Yes. Parking is $9.00 per car.

What is the schedule of events during the day?

Information stations are open starting at 10 am. The first “mock field trip” will be at 11 am. Program schedules will be distributed at the check-in tables when you arrive.

Do I need to pre-register for events during the day?

Most events do not require pre-registration. The one exception is touring our Veterinary Hospital, which has a very limited capacity. Information on how to register for the Vet Hospital Tours will be included in your confirmation email.

Are there any additional perks for teachers?

Yes, teachers who purchase a zoo membership during this event will receive 20% off – a savings of $15-40 depending on the membership level.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We recommend printing your tickets to speed up check-in, however we should be able to scan tickets presented on a smart phone.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Betty Villalta, Education Specialist, by email ( or phone (510-632-9525 x203.)



Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

10 AM, All Ages


Goblin Jamboree Family Fundraiser Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 8:30 a.m. early access available with
 Sponsor Breakfast attendance (details below) Museum Members $13.95; General $16.95

At this beloved two-day festival (the highlight of the year, we hear!), the Museum transforms into a spooktacular Halloween wonderland complete with pony rides, petting zoo, games, live entertainment and much more. Bring the whole family in costume and explore the spooky-but-not-scary Museum with a Halloween makeover!

New This Year: Play mad scientist as you concoct colorful potions and dissect jack-o-lanterns. Get lost in a hay maze and show off your costumes during end-of-the-day parades.

Back for 2015: Glowing trains in Bay Hall. See your favorite Museum spot in a new light — literally!

Skip the Lines at Entry: By pre-purchasing your tickets on Eventbrite, you can skip the lines and enter through the “Fly-by Lane.”

All activities are included. Event takes place rain or shine. Gentle reminder: no passes, daily deals, library memberships or discounts accepted for family fundraisers.

Sponsor Breakfast: Get Early Access! Saturday, October 17, 8 or 9 a.m. Sunday, October 18, 8 or 9 a.m.

Join us for the Sponsor Breakfast! Breakfast packages begin at $200 for a family of four. Sponsor breakfast includes:

  1. catered breakfast,

  2. live entertainment,

  3. face painting,

  4. goodie bags for each child,

  5. exclusive, early access to Goblin Jamboree activities at 8:30 a.m. (activities open at 10 a.m. for the general public)




Fair-Anslem Plaza, Fairfax

11 AM, Ages: 21+


Savor delicious brews, see amazing bikes, hear incredible live music, enjoy family activities and connect with over 70 bike exhibitors all while taking in the gorgeous Marin October weather. There is something for everyone at Biketoberfest Marin!

LIVE MUSIC featuring The Mother Truckers, Danny Montana and the Bar Association w/Tony Magee and Full Soul Jacket.

Beer tasting tickets include unlimited sampling of 35 varieties from 20 breweries in a souvenir glass you get to keep. All proceeds from the brewfest benefit the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes and their efforts to expand Marin County’s network of bike lanes, pathways and trails!

2015 Brewers: Lagunitas Brewing Co Russian River Brewing CO Iron Springs Pub and Brewery Stone Brewing Co Baeltane Brewing Magnolia Brewing Co Hen House Brewing Third Street Aleworks Pizza Orgasmica South City Ciderworks T. W. Pitchers – Snakebite Auburn Ale House Lost Coast Brewery Speakeasy Brewing Company 21st Amendment Brewing Co Barryessa Brewing Co Knee Deep Breweing Firestone Walker Brewing Co State Room 101 North Brewing

And there’s wine too! Kendric Vineyards

For infomation on exhibitors, music and bike rides visit:


Sunday, October 11



Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

2 PM, All Ages


Join Hazon Bay Area, the Oshman Family JCC and Bay Area foodies for a FREE and fun-filled afternoon of celebrating, learning and hands-on doing at the intersection of food, sustainability and Jewish life. Work together to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all (participants of all religious backgrounds are welcome).

ENJOY a cooking demo and tasting by Calafia Café’s Charlie Ayers TASTE locally sourced food at our Farmer’s Market MAKE something delicious in a hands-on-cooking or baking workshop WATCH interactive cooking demos led by local chefs and food experts MEET local organizations working for food justice CELEBRATE your local farmers, food artisans and regional agriculture FAMILY ACTIVITIES make your own butter, challah braiding, gardening and more!

Click here for a list of workshops, hands-on activities that will be happening.

Participating Local Food Vendors Farmigo Jane’s Beer Store Kendal’s Bees L’Chaim Sushi Marlo’s Bake Shop Mollie Stone’s Market Motion Chef Nia’s Tea With A Purpose Olive O’ Life Redwood Hill Farm SF Mead Co. Slow Food South Bay SunRidge Farm The Pop Nation Three Trees VegThisWay LLC

Participating Non-Food Vendors 4-H Youth Development Program of Rolling Hills & Menlo Park Bechol L’Ashon Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County Camp Tawonga Common Ground Garden Factory Farming Awareness Coalition Friendship Circle Hazon/OFJCC J. Studio (Congregation Kol Emeth) Kesher/Jewish Learning Works LunchBots Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County Palo Alto Medical Foundation PJ Library Start Organic



Main Post, San Francisco

11AM, All Ages


Every Sunday until November 1, picnickers are invited to enjoy the Presidio’s lush Main Post lawn, spectacular views of the bay, and the historic scene of the old post. Specialty items from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, and live music from an onsite DJ make this a stand-alone picnic experience.

Food vendors joining Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio include: Fins on the Hoof The Creme Brulee Cart Little Green Cyclo The Whole Beast Chotto Cholita Linda El Porteno Wing Wings Del Popolo Nopalito Rosamunde SAJJ Fine and Rare Cochon Volant Sugarfoot Grits Three Twins Grilled Cheez Guy Kama Food Lab Benedict Arnolds Clearly Kombucha DUM Truck Girl Friday La Marcha Pluck Skylite Snowballs Slightly Skewed

In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities including bocce ball, Off the Grid: Picnic @ the Presidio offers yoga classes from “The Pad” and kids yoga from “It’s Yoga Kids”, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete Picnic experience.

Off the Grid is proud to partner with the Presidio Trust. In addition to Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, patrons are invited to enjoy the many activities within the Presidio, including 24 miles of hiking trails, eight scenic overlooks, sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Officer’s Club and Heritage Center, and neighboring restaurants The Commissary and Arguello.

The Presidio Trust’s Design Lab in 103 Montgomery will also be open on Sundays. Drop in to share your thoughts about the New Presidio Parklands Project, a magnificent 13-acre landscape that will integrate the waterfront with the Presidio’s historic Main Post.

Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio Dates: Every Sunday from March 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015 Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

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