Around the bay in July 2012

Fillmore Merchants Association and the Fillmore Community Benefit District present Fillmore Jazz Festival 2012 on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Blending art and soul in one of the countryís most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 90,000 visitors each year.

Published: July, 2012

Jazz in the Fillmore

Fillmore Merchants Association and the Fillmore Community Benefit District present Fillmore Jazz Festival 2012 on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 90,000 visitors each year. From mid-morning to early evening, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages. The Fillmore Jazz Festival offers twelve blocks of music, fine arts and crafts, gourmet food and beverages. Art and crafts include photography, painting, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, pottery, clothing, hats and children’s toys—over 200 artists and craftsmen. Delicious street food includes oysters, calamari, fish & chips, grilled chicken, BBQ pork, jambalaya, tri-tip and organic fruits and veggies accompanied by fine wine and beer. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed. Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Eddy in San Francisco. Admission is free. For more info, visit or call (800) 310-6563.


NOAA Seeks Beach Watch Volunteers

NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is now recruiting volunteers for its long-term Beach Watch shoreline monitoring program. Orientations and training will be held this summer at the Sanctuary office at Crissy Field, San Francisco Presidio. Space is limited and reservations are required. Volunteers must be 18 or older and commit to monthly surveys for a one-year minimum. Approximately 80 hours of classroom and field training in marine mammal and seabird identification and data collection is provided; some wildlife identification skills are required. Data gathered provides sanctuary management with information on seabirds and marine mammals whose abundance or stranding patterns can be indicators of ecosystem health. Live and beachcast (dead) wildlife are surveyed. Surveyors also document human use of beaches, report violations, detect oil pollution and collect oil samples. The area surveyed spans 150 miles of coast from Point Año Nuevo to Bodega Head. The nonprofit Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association manages the Beach Watch volunteers and database for the sanctuary. During the November 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill, Beach Watch volunteers were among the first on the scene. Orientation dates are scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on July 10, July 12 and August 28 as well as 10:30 a.m. to noon on August 25. Required trainings will begin September 22 and run thru November 3, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday days in San Francisco. Several field trips are included in the training. For more details, contact Kirsten Lindquist at (415) 561-6625 ext. 302 or


Still Life Exhibition

Art Works Downtown announces Still Lifes, a new exhibit in the main gallery at 1337 Fourth Street in San Rafael from June 29 through August 3. The Opening Reception on Friday, July 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. coincides with Second Fridays Art Walk. This exhibit has been curated by Jennifer Farris and Rab Terry of STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco. Jennifer and Rab’s Nob Hill gallery showcases the work of Bay Area artists in fine art, crafts and home furnishings. The exhibit at Art Works Downtown features 42 artists working in painting, pastel, photography, textile, ceramics, metals and mixed-media. Traditionally, still lifes have been used to convey status or symbolic and allegorical messages, to display curiosities, and to provide a view of everyday objects. Modern still lifes have evolved from pure representation to an exploration of composition, color, line and form. This show explores a variety of still lifes in both traditional and modern styles. For more information, contact Art Works Downtown at (415) 451-8119.


Free Summer Delights in San Francisco

It wouldn’t be summer in San Francisco without outdoor concerts and performances. Hundreds of them, in fact, and all for free. Since these events are free to audiences, but not free to produce, if you see a "donations welcome" bucket at the entrance or a friendly volunteer asking for a few dollars, please give. You’ll gain a lot for many summers to come. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike or take public transit to all events. For regional transit information, call 511 within the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties or visit There are more than 400 free concerts, performances and film screenings. Complete listings are available at, search with keywords "summer delights."


Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival

Wanderlust Festival is a one-of-a-kind yoga and music festival set within the nation’s most inspiring natural scenery. Integrating the values of a conscious lifestyle into one culturally phenomenal festival, Wanderlust provides an ethereal retreat inclusive of powerful yoga, inspirational music, organic dining, a thought-provoking speaker series and outdoor fun for nature lovers of all ages. Now in its fourth year, the Wanderlust vibes will be returning to Squaw Valley July 26-29, combining the rejuvenation of yoga with the swagger of a music festival in one of the country’s most awe-inspiring natural settings. Wanderlust California serves up the perfect escape for yogis, music lovers, foodies and outdoor enthusiast alike. This year’s talent will feature yoga from the nation’s most renowned yoga instructors John Friend, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea and Baron Baptiste with live musical performances by Ziggy Marley, MC Yogi and many more.


Celebrate Independence Day on the USS Hornet

The USS Hornet Museum in Alameda hosts its annual Independence Day party on July 4 from 2 to 10 p.m. Tours of the famous aircraft carrier will be available throughout during the day until 8 p.m. The USS Hornet Museum will offer plenty of interactive activities and a variety of carnival and table-top games will be located inside the hangar deck. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay while listening to live music on the ship’s flight deck. Following the concert, guests are welcome to remain on the flight deck to watch panoramic views of Bay Area fireworks. A great selection of food, beer and wine will be available for purchase during the event. All-day admission is $25 for adults ($20 in advance) and $10 for children ages 5-17; museum members receive free admission. The ship is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3 in Alameda and there is ample free parking. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (510) 521-8448 ext. 282 or visit


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