Northern California Daybook


Associated Press

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Associated Press Northern California Daybook for Thursday, Aug. 2.


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Aug. 2. 10 a.m. Backpack drop-off for the Family Giving Tree's Annual Backpack Drive for underprivileged children at 100 schools and human service agencies that serve low-income families. Volunteers will start processing and filling the backpacks with school supplies Friday in advance of distribution, which begins on Monday, Aug. 13. Note: Warehouse opens for drop-offs at 10 a.m., but best time for media is in the afternoon.

Location: Family Giving Tree Warehouse, 560 Cottonwood Drive, Milpitas

Contact: Barbara Lewis (925) 600-1606 Or (925) 413-6540 Or Dave Bratton-Kearns (925) 200-9472 Cellphone Or Al Galan (408) 497-9721 Cellphone

Aug. 2. 10:30 a.m. BART news conference on the "Rush Hours Bikes On BART" Pilot Program. BART Vice President Tom Radulovich, SF Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Leah Shahum, and East Bay Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Renee Rivera to attend.

Location: Berkeley Bike Station, Street Level, near the downtown Berkeley BART Station, 2208 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Contact: Jim Allison (510) 368-2435

Aug. 2. Noon. Scientists and students at the University Of California at Berkeley hope to communicate with the small "Cubesat" satellite they designed that's accompanying a spy satellite that will be launched early Thursday morning. Note: Media interested in interviewing any of the participants before or after the communication attempt should contact Robert Sanders.

Contact: Robert Sanders (510) 643-6998

Aug. 2. 2:30 p.m. Game One of the 20th Anniversary Bronco World Series, an international baseball tournament of teams of 11- and 12-year-olds. The first game is followed by opening ceremonies.

Location: Jack's Ball Park, Franklin and Figueroa streets, Monterey

Contact: Mike Mccarthy (931) 646-3780


Aug. 2. 3:15 p.m. "Food Arts Industry Series: Service Is More Than A Smile," a panel presentation by five San Francisco restaurateurs as part of the SFChefs Food and Wine Festival.

Location: Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., San Francisco

Contact: Yasemin Sussman (415) 781-5700

Aug. 2. 3:30 p.m. (approximate, after the Giants/Mets game) San Francisco Giants Annual AT&T Park Slumber Party. Pre-registered fans can set up camp on The field, play catch in the outfield, sleep overnight and have breakfast on the field.

Location: AT&T Park, Third and King streets, San Francisco

Contact: Shana Daum (415) 972-2496


Aug. 2. 6 p.m. San Francisco Chronicle's 49 Square Miles Food Tour with food and wine tastings as part of the SFChefs Food and Wine Festival.

Location: Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., San Francisco

Contact: Yasemin Sussman (415) 781-5700

Aug. 2. 6 p.m. Pre-show sneak peek of the American Craft Council's Show, which runs from Aug. 3-5 at Fort Mason.

Location: Anchor Steam Brewery, 1705 Mariposa St., San Francisco

Contact: Tarah Beaven (415) 359-2306


Aug. 2. 6 p.m. Screening of "Blossoms Of Fire" about the life of matriarchal society of the Zapotec women of Oaxaca, Mexico. The documentary screening is in connection with an exhibit titled "The Magic Surrealists Of Oaxaca, Mexico," which continues through Aug. 9.

Location: Mexican Consulate General, 532 Folsom St., San Francisco

Contact: (415) 354-1700

Aug. 2. 7:30 p.m. "Man Food Fire: The Evolution Of The Barbecue," a California Academy Of Sciences talk by Steven Raichlen, author of "Planet Barbecue!," ''How To Grill" And Other Books.

Location: California Academy Of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Contact: Lindsey Kline (212) 614-7768

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