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5 Best Things to do This Week

Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.

1. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society SUP Cup

Want to make the most of your Saturday morning? Here’s your chance. Get out on the water for exercise and sun, meet new people, and raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The LLS SUP Cup, which is held annually on San Francisco Bay, will be hosted by 101 Surf Sports this year and be held at their San Rafael location. On the water activities include stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, surfski, outrigger canoe, prone paddleboarding and a couple of SUPSquatchs. Racers of all abilities are invited to take part in the race and there is even a division to race with your dog — and really, what’s cuter than that? Two courses are offered making for a great time for all levels of paddlers. The two-mile fun race course stays in the protected waters of San Rafael and the six-mile course is a good challenge for advanced racers. Stand up paddle (SUP) boarding beginners are welcome, and access to training is provided as part of your fundraising and registration. Bring your friends and help accelerate cancer cures and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Prizes and awards for top finishers and fundraisers and all proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A hosted BBQ and apres paddle party with adult beverages should make this day an unforgettable day.

Registration fee includes:

· 1 race registration per participant

· A free SUP or Kayak rental in the days before the race with Introductory Lessons for first timers (this is not a race day rental). No RSVP needed, just show up at 101 Surf Sports San Rafael location anytime to get started.

· Post race BBQ

· Personalized fundraising page

· A buttery-soft tee shirt will commemorate your day



2. Oktoberfest by the Bay

Celebrate Munich's famed festival in true tradition and spirit with nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink starting this Friday at Pier 48. This three-day fest offers four sessions and has been hailed as the "Best Oktoberfest in the West." Hang out in the biergarten or on the dance floor — the world renowned, 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band will be headlining the main stage.



3. National Public Lands Day

Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health. This year’s event, on September 22, 2018, will focus on restoration and resilience of our public lands. This year is the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day as well as the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. There are many ways to participate in National Public Lands Day. You can visit a national park for free or take part in a volunteer work project. If you volunteer on this day, you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date.



4. Exploratorium Free Day

Everyone who has been to the Exploratorium – whether it was at the former Palace of Fine Arts site, or at the current Embarcadero location – understands how special this museum is. With over 600 interactive exhibits, there’s no shortage of activities to stimulate your mind and senses here; well, your senses and the senses of every other patron, which adds up to nearly 180 million people from all around the world every year. So in spite of all the inventive displays and learning opportunities offered, the act of weaving in between (understandably) excited children can wear thin on one’s nerves. Something to help assuage annoyance, however, is getting to go to the museum free of charge, which is exactly what’s happening this Saturday. On Community Days like this, visitors can pay what they wish. Be mindful of the fact there are capacity limits and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early!



5. PorchFest San Rafael

Come to the first annual San Rafael PorchFest this Sunday! On September 23 the Gerstle Park Neighborhood in San Rafael will be filled with music, community and people. PorchFest will encompass a 6-block zone and feature picnic areas, a playground, picnic tables, and a basketball court which will serve as the main stage for the event. Volunteer musicians are teaming up with local residents to perform on porches throughout the neighborhood. 20 homes will serve as the stage for 40 diverse artists ranging from classical Indian tabla drumming to Mexican folklorico and everything in between, including folk, Americana, singer-songwriter, soul, virtuosic instrumentalists, gypsy jazz, blues, Latino, funk, family and teen bands. Attendees will be able to fuel up and cool down with gourmet food trucks or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while the kids play at Gerstle Park. The streets surrounding the event will be closed to traffic for the safety and comfort of attendees of all ages.




Kasia Pawlowska is the associate editor at Marin Magazine. She enjoys sending and receiving postcards and perfect outfits for the right occasions. When she’s not busy writing and researching articles, you can find her with a crumpled New Yorker in her tote and enjoying the Bay Area music scene. Kasia supports National Public RadioPBS and the World Wildlife Fund  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @ohhkasia. 



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