July 16th is Water Safety Day At Mill Valley Rec

Mill Valley Recreation is hosting Water Safety Day on Saturday, July 16th from 12:30 to 5pm. Held at the Aquatic Center, the family-oriented event is filled with fun and educational activities for parents, grandparents and kids alike.

Enjoy free admission to the pool  from 12:30 to 5:00pm. When you're not swimming or playing a rousing game of Marco Polo, take part in the activities and demos, which will be held from 2 to 5pm. 

Activities Include:

  • Lifeguard Demos
  • Airbrush Tattoo
  • Coloring
  • Jumpee Houses
  • Water Games
  • Kids Nail Salon
  • Lifejacket Fittings
  • Southern Marin Fire Fighters Water Rescue Demonstration 2-4pm

There will also be water safety experts on hand to answer questions. 

Mill Valley Recreation is located at 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. We hope to see you there!

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show March 16th through 20th

The 30th annual San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will take over the San Mateo Event Center, filling it with gorgeous gardens, insightful seminars and a variety of exhibitors.  

Professional gardeners, landscapers and nursery owners will answer all of your questions.

Discover fabulous, sustainable floral techniques creations in the Flower Pavilion.

You'll be inspired by the stunning, designer on-site garden displays, each of which is based around a single theme, then designed and created by talented landscape designers. 

New Leaf Landscapes: 2014 exhibit, "No water for this garden".

New Leaf Landscapes: 2014 exhibit, "No water for this garden".

The variety of seminars will teach you how to create your own, be it a container garden on an intimate patio or balcony, a drought tolerant front yard or a lushly planted backyard.

Wander through specialty shops offering plants, flowers, tools, garden art, tools and more.

Originally called the San Francisco Landscape Garden Show, the first event was held in 1985 at Fort Mason to benefit the San Francisco Friends of Recreation and Parks. Over the years, it has move locations, changed ownership and flourished in the creative, cutting-edge information, products and designs it offers attendees.

If you want to learn more about DIY garden ideas and techniques, or are looking for a landscape designer to create your own personal paradise, the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is the ideal one-stop shop.

Show hours are 10am to 7pm each day of the event. Tickets are available online and seminars and special events are included in the price of admission.



This Saturday: San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade

This Saturday, February 20th from 5:15 to 8pm, San Francisco's annual two-week-long Chinese New Year festivities will culminate with the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade. One of the top 10 parades in the world, San Francisco's celebration is the largest of its kind outside of Asia. 

Established in 1848, San Francisco's Chinatown holds the distinction of being not only the oldest Chinatown in North America but also of having the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. A major tourist attraction, the area covers 24 square blocks in downtown San Francisco, according to San Francisco's Planning Department, it is 'the most densely populated urban area west of Manhattan' with 15,000 residents living within its boundaries. 

Celebrating the Year of the Monkey, the parade includes elaborate floats, colorful costumes, school marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, martial arts groups and this year's Miss Chinatown USA. The parade's grand finale includes the 268 foot Golden Dragon and more than 60,000 firecrackers. Constructed in  Foshan, China, the 29 segment dragon is made of bamboo and rattan and is adorned with white rabbit fur, glittering lights and rainbow pom-poms, and silver rivets. With its 6-foot long head, it takes 100 people to carry the Dragon along the parade route.

         Golden Dragon in the 2009 parade. Image courtesy of David Yu photography. 

         Golden Dragon in the 2009 parade. Image courtesy of David Yu photography. 


Beginning at Second and Market Streets, meandering around the perimeter of Union Square, heading north on Kearny Street, the parade finishes at Jackson Street. Bleacher seats are available for $30 at various points along the route but many attendees opt to stand along the streets. Whether you sit or stand, it is best to arrive between 3:30 and 4pm.  Public transportation delivers riders very close to the parade route but if you are driving, parking south of Market is your best option.

                                           Map of the Chinese New Year parade route.

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