Rebecca’s Weeklies: Dec 20

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Here’s what’s going on in the Bay Area this week:

Sunday

2015 Children’s Day Celebration, Shrine Building & Potluck
December 20, 2015 – 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
1231 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA

Children’s Day is a celebration of brilliance, light, and the children of the world. Everyone will join in decorating the shrine, being host at the court by the Children’s Day King and Queen, and coming together for a lively potluck celebration on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

NFL Sundays at the Park: Niners vs Bengals
Sunday, December 20, 2015 – 11:00 am

 

Cheer on the 49ers with Funcheap at SoMa Streat Food Park all season long and watch the game on 10+ TVs, including two 80″ big screens, up to 10 food trucks and street food vendors, plus beer specials. For most games this season we will featuring fun promotions like Cheap Beer Day, the Halloween Hangover, SF Sports Fashion Party, and more.

Illuminate Your Ride Light Art Bike Tour
Sunday, December 20, 2015 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cupid’s Span | The Embarcadero & Folsom St, San Francisco, CA

Illuminate SF Festival of Light happens Thanksgiving 2015 through New Year’s Day 2016 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year, featuring free light art tours, nighttime neighborhood walks, artist talks and participatory experiences.

Tuesday

Free VIP Lounge & Snacks for Chase United Card Holders
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Westfield San Francisco Centre

Got a Chase United credit card? Then you’re in for a treat. The Chase United VIP Lounge has opened up for a limited time at Westfield San Francisco Centre from November 27 – December 24, 2015, from 11 am until mall closing.

Wednesday

Free Skate Rental & Bank of the West Wednesdays
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Union Square Park | Geary and Powell, San Francisco, CA

Every Wednesday this holiday season at the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is “Bank of the West Wednesday” featuring free skate rentals to all ($5 value), or if you’re a Bank of the West customer, you get an extra special treat with not only free skate rentals for free admission to the ice rink as well ($11 value)

Thursday

Whisky & Chocolate: Last Minute Christmas Eve Shopping
Thursday, December 24, 2015 – All Day
Secession Art & Design | 3235 Mission St. San Francisco, CA

One of our favorite art and fashion galleries, Secession Art & Design on Mission in Bernal Heights, has a tradition of staying open until 7 pm on Christmas Eve 2015 and serving up whisky and chocolate to help keep your tummy in the holiday spirit.

2015 Holiday 3D Light Show
Thursday, December 24, 2015 – 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Westfield San Francisco Centre

Westfield’s iconic dome will come to life each night with a one-of-a-kind animated 3D light spectacular showing every half hour starting at 5 pm until 30 minutes prior to the mall’s closing. Nutcracker Under the Dome is inspired by the real-life San Francisco Ballet’s production with choreography by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. The show integrates performance footage of SF Ballet dancers as part of the light spectacular.

Friday

Free Admission on Christmas Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Friday, December 25, 2015 – All Day
1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.

Saturday

Winter Walk SF: Velocity Circus Variety Show
Saturday, December 26, 2015 – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Stockton & Ellis | 120 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. Back after its popular inaugural year, this year’s Winter Walk will be open from Nov. 27 through Jan 1., 2016 and features Off the Grid food trucks, live entertainment (including Velocity Circus and musician Cynthia Lin), Philz Coffee truck, local artists, carolers, nightly holiday light shows from Immersive SF and much more.

Rebecca’s Weeklies: December 13

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Dec 14 Guess Who?

Yes, it’s that time of year again- the time when, for one night only, San Francisco Theater Pub brings us all together, to celebrate the Great American Tradition of singing songs about the holidays.
This year’s special selection of carols comes from a song-book renowned for its catchy pop tunes and ability to corrupt the Baby Boomer generation. It’s got everything you want at the holidays: child molestation, murder, insanity, prostitution, disaffected youth, repressed family tragedy, denial, adultery, regret, and hey, did we mention child molestation? Oh, hey, there are some miracles too. And forgiveness. So, it’s like, actually kind of Christmasy. In a really screwed up, pushing the envelope sort of way.

Dec 13-15 Geminids Meteor Shower

Stargazers look directly up tonight (away from city lights) to see a spectacular meteor light show originating from the Comet 3200 Phaethon in the constellation Gemini (looking south, almost overhead). The peak nights of the 2015 Geminid meteor shower are expected to be on December 13-14 (night of December 13 till dawn December 14) and 14-15 (night of December 14 till dawn December 15). Geminid meteors tend to be few and far between at early evening, but intensify in number as evening deepens into late night. Your best bet is to watch on December 13-14 and 14-15, from mid-evening (9 to 10 pm) until dawn.

Dec 15 Volunteer: GLIDE’s Grocery Bag Giveaway 2015

GLIDE will give away a record 6,000 bags full of groceries to individuals and families on Tuesday-Wednesday, December 15-16, 2015. Join hundreds of volunteers, including Gap Inc., Central Payment, and Spot On employees who have already committed to help fill the bags and distribute them to those in need.

Dec 15 “#ImpactShopping” PopUp Holiday Marketplace

The PopUp Holiday Market welcomes you to an exciting evening where you can mix and mingle with unique Bay Area small business owners from 6:30-9 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

Dec 16 Free Skate Rental & Bank of the West Wednesdays | Union Square Ice Skating Rink

Every Wednesday this holiday season at the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is “Bank of the West Wednesday” featuring free skate rentals to all ($5 value), or if you’re a Bank of the West customer, you get an extra special treat with not only free skate rentals for free admission to the ice rink as well ($11 value).

Dec 17 24 Holidays on 24th Street: Santa & Live Reindeer

Each day between December 1-24, 2015 will highlight merchant events & specials along with with live entertainment and more to create a festive atmosphere for shoppers visiting 24th Street. Holiday events and performances on 24th Street include visits with Santa, hayrides, live reindeer, carolers, dancers, a holiday wine walk and live local music.

SF Holiday: Union Square Holiday Ice Rink

 

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With a huge tree and the shopping square decorations as a backdrop, this is a must-do. There is nothing quite like gliding around while the Square glistens around you!

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While it is a magical experience for the whole family, keep in mind it can get busy, and that could be a little tricky for less experienced skaters.

Rebecca’s Tips

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The rink is now open through January 18! Hours are 10am to 11:30pm.Each session is 90 minutes and starts on every even hour. Tickets are $11 for general admission and $7 for children eight and under. Skate rental is $6. Locker rental is $3.

 

For private parties: www.unionsquareicerink.com/private-parties.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Trees: Fresh or Artificial?

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Here we are again, Christmas Season. The debate over buying real vs. artificial Christmas trees is a thing again. Which one should you go with? Here’s Rebecca’s tips.

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“Plastic trees, they’re giant green toilet bowl brushes” -Rick Dungey, spokesman for the National Christmas Tree Association

Fresh Trees

Pros:

Buying real trees helps support small local farmers, and at the end of the holiday season, the trees can be mulched up and used to feed plants or for some other environmentally friendly purpose.

Cons:

Those real trees have pest problems and are usually grown with pesticides that are toxic to wildlife and, in some cases, to people. The most commonly used pesticide is Roundup, which is toxic to some birds and fish and was recently discovered to be toxic to human cells due to all the inert ingredients used.

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“Real trees require water,” -Jami Warner, head of the American Christmas Tree Association

Artificial Trees

Pros:

They’re affordable, reusable and convenient.There are also people who say that artificial Christmas trees look “too perfect” to be real. In any case, many testify that their artificial trees appeal to even the most scrutinizing of relatives.

Cons:

All that budget decorating comes at a cost to the environment. Fake trees are made from the plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and the toxic chemical dioxin is released during PVC production. PVC contains hormone-disrupting plastic softeners called phthalates. And many fake trees have been found to be contaminated with lead. In fact, many of them come with a warning label advising you to wash your hands after handling them to prevent ingestion of the brain-damaging metal. Does that sound like something you want in your living room? And the plastic tree can’t be recycled should you decide to ditch it for a newer model.

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In conclusion, it remains a matter of preference. Both can only smell, look and feel as festive as the household it belongs to.

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