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Hey Country! San Francisco Hoedown Weekend

Photo taken by Jamie Whitaker

As always, lotsa stuff to do in San Francisco this weekend for leisure …

New Addition (Thank you for the note Jim!): The San Francisco 49ers will host 49ers Family Day at Candlestick Park on Saturday, June 7, 2008. Admission and parking is free to the public. Doors will open to F Plaza at 9 a.m. and activities will start at 10 a.m. and run through about 2 p.m. The day will feature contests, games and appearances by members of the 49ers football team, alumni, Gold Rush, Niners Noise Drumline and Sourdough Sam. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to take in all of the day’s festivities.

On Saturday morning, Walk San Francisco is taking a tour of the Excelsior District and, after the walk, learning about the City’s Better Streets Plan Draft. The walk begins at 11:00 a.m. from the Glen Park BART Station. The Better Streets Plan presentation starts at 12:00 p.m. at Crocker-Amazon Senior Apartments (CASA) Community Room (5199 Mission St. at Geneva); hosted by Excelsior Action Group and WalkSF.

You may have noticed the lovely rainbow banners lining Market Street to signify this is LGBT Pride month. To kick things off, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market Street invites you to their first-ever Pride Kickoff Celebration! This building-wide event promises four floors of entertainment, food, refreshments, and information about city and neighborhood offerings. This will be an all-ages party with activities for everyone.

There is supposed to be a brief fireworks display (about 5 minutes long, probably a private party) around China Basin between 9:55 and 10:00 p.m. Saturday night.

What I’m calling the San Francisco Hoedown Country Music Fest in China Basin starts your Sunday with the Beach Ball Free for All concert at McCovey Cove from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., brought to you by the Bay Area’s fresh country station 95.7 The Wolf. The free show stars Clay Walker with opening acts One Flew South, The Lost Trailers, and Stephen Cochran. Bring your cowboy hat, boots, and sunscreen …

If you can spare the money to buy some concert tickets, the bigger Country show at 4:00 p.m. is inside AT&T Park when Kenney Chesney’s Poets and Pirates Tour 2008 fires up the playing field with LeAnn Rimes, Gary Allan, and Luke Bryan as opening acts for Brooks & Dunn (I guess I can overlook the fact that they’re big-time Republican Party supporters this once) and Kenny Chesney. Yee haw – hey Country!

If you prefer to keep the free ride going on Sunday, the Haight Ashbury Street Fair runs along Haight Street from Masonic to Stanyan between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Also, the Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts a grand opening (736 Mission Street, across from Yerba Buena Gardens) from 11 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. If you RSVP online, you can get free tickets for admission courtesy Target stores for opening day.

Nearby in Yerba Buena Gardens on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., sit on the grass and enjoy Omar Sosa’s Afreecanos Quintet.

Don’t forget to email your RSVP to Info@RinconHillNeighbors.org if you plan to join me and your other neighbors at the Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday, June 10th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the One Rincon Hill Sales Center (511 Harrison Street at 1st, some parking available). We’ll hear from our neighbor Marty about the South Beach, Mission Bay, and Rincon Hill 2008 Block Party planned for September 14th. We’ll also hear from Jack Bair, General Counsel for the San Francisco Giants, about the organization and their partners’ proposed plans for Seawall Lot 337 (Parking Lot A). Finally, On Call Medical’s founder Dr. Jordan Shlain, M.D. will tell us about his medical practice’s service and their all-too-rare offering of making house calls.

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