Around the Bay in April 2017

The 2017 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show and Marine Sports Expo will cruise into the historic Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor from April 6 to 9 for all things boating.

Published: April, 2017


Boat Show Returns to Craneway

The 2017 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show and Marine Sports Expo will cruise into the historic Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor from April 6 to 9 for all things boating. Both inside and outside on the water will be filled with vessels of every size and budget including sleek racers, multihulls, family cruisers and luxury yachts. New this year, dozens of powerboats will be featured in the in-water motor yacht showcase. This four-day event will feature the latest boats, gear, accessories, free seminars, a paddleboard expo, radio controlled model yacht sailing, interactive activities for young aspiring boaters and more. From nautical novices to serious yachtspersons, this is the place for people to immerse themselves in the marine sports lifestyle, talk to experts, participate in hands-on seminars, learn new techniques and check out the latest in boating products. Tickets are $18 for a one-day adult pass; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Advance tickets are available at The Craneway Pavilion is located at 1414 Harbour Way S. in Richmond.



Pitch In on Earth Day

The California State Parks Foundation’s 19th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup is Saturday, April 22 at state parks throughout the Bay Area. The foundation is seeking volunteers to work on much-needed projects that help improve our parks. Thousands of volunteers are needed throughout California to assist with projects such as campfire center improvements, habitat restoration, native garden conservation, fence building, trail maintenance and beach cleanup. We encourage you to join this important occasion to do your part to restore and care for the places where we live, work, and play for this and future generations. Over the past 18 years, 83,785 participants have built bridges, split rail fences and boardwalks, conducted river, lake and beach cleanups, restored trails and habitats with native plants and installed recycling bins and irrigation systems. Earth Day 2017 provides an opportunity for all of us to do something meaningful for our planet and our communities. To volunteer on Earth Day, visit or call (888) 98-PARKS. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.



SF Green Film Fest

San Francisco Green Film Festival returns Thursday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 26. For its seventh edition, the Green Film Fest will be a citywide celebration and focal point for the week of Earth Day. As the West Coast’s leading green destination, the festival is bringing together films, filmmakers, experts and audiences to spark the next great environmental ideas. The Festival will present 70 internationally acclaimed, eco­focused films. Visiting filmmakers and guest speakers will be in attendance to delve into some of the most pressing environmental issues and innovative solutions. Audiences will be inspired to move beyond their theatre seats, with tangible ideas and connections to take positive environmental action.  The festival’s spotlight this is year is on food justice and sustainability—films that make us ask the question “What’s on Your Plate?” Opening night will take place at the Castro Theatre on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. before moving to the festival’s main venue, the Roxie Theatre, from April 21 through 25, and returning to the Castro Theatre for closing night on April 26. Tickets are $15 per screening or $225 for a full pass to the festival’s 70-plus films, workshops and social events. The full program and tickets available at



Give Blood, Get Pizza!

The Marin Brewing Company will hold a blood drive April 9 in partnership with the Blood Centers of the Pacific. The blood drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marin Brewing Company, located at 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle in Larkspur. When you’ve spotted the big white RV, you’ll know you’re in the right place. Check in at the table in front of the restaurant. Everyone who donates that day will receive a coupon good for a large pizza redeemable at any time at the Marin Brewing Company. Though the organizers hope to always be able to accommodate walk-ins, they encourage everyone to make an appointment before donating. To make an appointment, go to, click on the “locate a blood drive” button, and then enter the sponsor code “brew.” In the past decade, Marin Brewing Company blood drives have yielded more than 1,200 lifesaving pints. If you have any questions, contact Jeanne Nielsen at the Blood Centers of the Pacific at (415) 749-6696.



Easter Parade

Union Street rings in the spring season with the family-friendly 26th Annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration on Sunday, April 16 between Gough and Fillmore Streets in San Francisco’s charming Cow Hollow neighborhood. The event is considered to be a one-of-a-kind festival and parade packed with entertainment and fun for everyone. A lively day out for the whole family, this celebration is packed with free events, live performances, delicious food and the always-exciting Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Contest. Festive activities and features include large inflatable bounces, kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a bubble jump, visits with the Easter Bunny, fun costumed characters, face painting, a petting zoo, a pony ride and musical entertainment. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the parade beginning at 2 p.m. at the corner of Gough Street and Union Street. More than 50 parade contingents with hundreds of exciting participants will make their way down the five blocks of Union Street from Gough to Fillmore Street.  Over the years, this wildly colorful parade has seen everything from vintage cars, roller-blading cows and sophisticated fashion to innovative floats and costumed characters.  The public is invited to join in the parade for free. The main stage, located at Union and Buchanan Streets, will feature live entertainment for all ages. For a full, updated list of parade and festival participants, and the live entertainment schedule, please visit the event website at



Toddler Time on Bay Street

Parents and little ones are invited to an hour of free fun at Toddler Time every Wednesday in April from noon to 1 p.m. at Bay Street in Emeryville. This popular series returns with interactive storytelling, dancing, sing-alongs, arts, crafts and more, for both parents and children (ages one to three) to enjoy together. Toddler Time will be hosted each week through August by Oakland-based Dance-A-Vision Entertainment, in Bay Street’s Center Plaza. Bay Street consists of three city blocks and is located off the I-80 Powell street exit, at Bay Street and Shellmound Street in Emeryville. For more information, call (510) 655-4002 or visit


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