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Hayes Valley Farm Celebrates Earth Week

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By Samantha Durbin · April 25, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

When was the last time you stopped to smell the dirt? Earth Week is in full bloom and Hayes Valley Farm has daily events to help you help. Through Friday, pop by the community farm for outdoor yoga classes, kitchen garden workshops, art, poetry, and meditation in nature time, volunteer work days, and an overall education in Urban Permaculture. I'm going to try to attend the Compost 101 class and Bike Decorating on Friday — here's the full calendar. Your reward, aside from doing good, can be some liquid nitrogen Smittens ice cream.

 

Sephora's Green Seal of Approval

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By sfairbender · March 28, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

As I ripen, and global warming and natural disasters persevere, I have become increasingly aware of what I'm putting in and on my body. Aside from being a sunscreen junkie, I appreciate natural products. And it's a tricky thing. Some companies make misleading claims and reading labels is time consuming. I exclaimed hippie delight when I found out SF-based Sephora has a Naturally Gorgeous section letting us know which products are in fact, lean, mean, green machines. Meaning: these products have been scanned for GMOs (genetically modified organisms), parabens (evil plastic), petrochemicals, sulfates, synthetic dyes, the list goes on. You can learn more through the handy natural glossary of terms and be sure to glance over the best sellers. My go-to eco beauty best is Korres from Greece — rad packaging, awesome products, instant karma.

 

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Kevin Bourgeois's Sociopolitical Trip

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By sfairbender · March 22, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I like to trip out visually, and sociopolitically. Kevin Bourgeois's art is rooted in cultural movements of the past and present, amongst other mind-boggling things...

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The Kids Are Better Than All Right

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By Samantha Durbin · March 21, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Here's another coolaboration and even though this site is intended for SF happenings, this one is too good to ignore...Convert boutique on Fourth Street in Berkeley is teaming up with the Oakland Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) and TOMS shoes for a fun-for-the-fam fundraiser event. Next Saturday, March 26, from 1PM-5PM, shoppers will have the chance to get their TOMS customized by a local artist for $10. Then, $5 goes toward the artist and $5 goes to support MOCHA. Here's the added fun: everyone gets to participate in a coloring contest for a chance to win seven years of TOMS shoes — a pair a year. And, retro candy bar! Art, shoes, candy, and philanthropy? Better than all right.

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The de Young's Bouquets to Art: Supremely Smelly

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By Samantha Durbin · March 17, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Every year the de Young welcomes spring by teaming up with local florists to produce art-inspired floral bouquets. And on a fantastically large scale. Because of the wilting nature of flora, the Bouquets to Art exhibit only lasts a few days. If you need an art, and flower, fix head on over and soak up the splendor through Saturday, the 19th. It's quite cool to see interpretations of Rothko, Edward Hopper, and John Singer Sargent while gazing at contemporary pieces and the works of ancient Mexico — not all of the de Young's galleries get taken over. But enough to ooh and aah. Here's a sampling in case you can't make it, but you don't quite get the same sensory experience...

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SF on Earth on Japan

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By Samantha Durbin · March 15, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

As we soak in the aftermath of the “Great Sendai Earthquake of 2011,″ I felt it was time to launch my fourth and final SFon site, SF on Earth. I have a good friend who was in Tokyo when the 8.9 struck at 2:46PM on Friday, March 11. It also happened to be his first week at a new job. He has made it home safely, as of Tuesday — it took him four days to get back to Philadelphia. Alas, he survived, witnessing the natural disaster that has left the country at a stand still. There are so many ways to help, here are what some local restaurants are doing, now is the time. I wanted to highlight some pictures you maybe haven't seen...

Tokyo Fashion paced the Harajuko and Shibuya shopping districts — the Union Squares of Tokyo — and took pictures of (temporarily) closed businesses and ghost town streets. Japan Fashion Week was slated for next week and it has been cancelled. This may be a San Francisco-centric site, but what happened in Japan affects us all. You're still in my travel queue Japan.

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Bleested...Poker for a Cause!

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By Samantha Durbin · January 17, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

My friend Rob, who works at Merrill Lynch, is a winner, sending me the longest text message, ever. It was about an event he's helping throw next week (1/27) at AT&T park. The Club Level is being rented out for a poker tournament — there's so much good stuff here I'll let you read for yourself. In the end, all bets benefit Hedge Funds Care, Preventing and Treating Child Abuse. It's not cheap to attend, but it's all about the kids. Go Giants!