Bay Area nature enthusiasts stay informed and get involved with the BAY NATURE online event submission form. Email event announcements two weeks in advance. The calendar is the most comprehensive list of nature-related activities in the Bay Area: hikes, talks, film screenings, workshops, restoration projects, and special days at nature centers and science museums. Calendar events also feed into the interactive map. Bay Nature also publishes a full-color magazine.
These folks play regularly at 7 Mile House in Brisbane, Angelica's in Redwood City, and Nick's in Pacifica.
Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) right here on the coast. Trail Keepers enjoy a flexible, family-friendly schedule, regular exercise, outdoor learning, and skill development. Trail Keepers collect information for the National Park Service Trail Crew and maintenance and natural resources staff, and share park history with visitors. Call 415-561-3068 for information on Trail Keeper orientations and volunteer opportunities. Explore other GGNRA internship and volunteer opportunities year-round, including the Coastside's four national parks (Mori Point, Milagra Ridge, Rancho Corral de Tierra, and Sweeney Ridge), plus San Francisco's Ocean Beach and The Presidio, and Marin's Muir Woods. Projects include planting, weeding, mulching, beach cleanup, and trail maintenance. Register online at Parks Conservancy. For information, call 415-561-3077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Friday night, the bowling alley presents Astro Bowl, a multicolored laser show with musical beats from the DJ, along with video screens that will have you moonwalking up and down the shiny lanes. It's entertainment for people who yearn for the club scene atmosphere—without the club. From 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Fridays, off Highway 1 just south of Rockaway Beach and Fassler Avenue in Pacifica. Call 650-738-8190 for information.
If you hike or bike in San Pedro Valley Park to enjoy its flora and fauna, and you want to help maintain the park's five trails and wildlife habitat, drop by the visitor center and join the volunteer team called Friends of San Pedro Valley Park. Several times a year, scientific experts present educational programs at the visitor center and guided hikes focusing on park wildlife, geology, and botany.
The labyrinth at Saint Edmund’s Church is available for all to enjoy as a place of peace and tranquility seven days a week. The gates open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. The labyrinth is a metaphor for the spiritual journey as we search for the center and meaning of our lives. Since prehistoric times, the labyrinth has been a sacred path of meditation that confers real benefits to body and soul. It has been found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. Saint Edmund's is at 1500 Perez Drive off Rosita Road in Linda Mar, Pacifica. Call 650-359-3364 for more information.
Photo by Linda Peebles
Florey's Book Co. welcomes special orders; most books are available in just a few days. Florey's offers FREE gift wrapping for any purchase. Community groups hold meetings and activities at Florey's. Call or visit the bookstore for information. 2120 Palmetto Avenue (Sharp Park), Pacifica. Phone 650-355-8811. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.