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Fancy a Dip? The Bay Area's Best Swimming Holes

Pack some local beers and cool off with with a swim at one of the Greater Bay Area's swimming holes.

Drive up Point Reyes Coast to Bass Lake for a 2.7-mile hike and a bathing-suit-optional, warm freshwater swim. For the adventurous, there's a serious rope swing. For those seeking relaxation, bring a plastic raft and doze on the lake.

The City's Best DIY Classes

Life's a Stitch
Self-taught sewing skills just so-so? The gals at Craft Haven in Potrero Hill offer a three-part learn-the-basics package called “The Works” that turns your butterfingers into instruments of needle-and-thread wizardry. Dates ongoing, 520 Hampshire St., crafthaven.org

Pattern Behavior

Decorate your old hardcovers 18th century-style with paste papers. The SF Center for the Book teaches this glorified finger-painting technique using pattern-inducing materials such as Bubble Wrap, plant leaves and sponges. June 26, 300 DeHaro St., 415-565-0545, sfcb.org

Child's Play

Laborless Labor Day Cocktail Recipes from Liquor.com

It's almost Labor Day. Have a cocktail. Here are a few recipes from Liquor.com that don't require much work.

On A Boat! Kayaking and Canoeing Options Within Driving Distance

I'm on a boat! Kayaks and canoes count. Head to these paddling spots for some open-water action.

Parking Quiz: What are the Rules for Labor Day?

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

We started out last week with a quiz on metered parking. And in honor of the Labor Day, we're testing your holiday parking IQ. Check back at 2:00 today for the answer!

Gourmet Camping: Everything a Food Lover Needs

Roughing it? That doesn't need to apply to the food. Indulge in these foodie camping goodies.

Weekend Sherpa: The Best Little Secret BBQ Spot in SF

Here's a little piece of grilling heaven—right in the city. Perched on a grassy expanse nearly the size of a soccer field, Fort Miley is a geographic slice of gastronomic delight hidden behind Lands End. To reach its solo grill, make a short climb up a road through a dense forest, then emerge onto a private plateau with giant views of Ocean Beach all the way down Sloat Boulevard. This is a truly secluded playground, so bring the bocce, the burgers, and your best suds and buds. While there, explore the WWII military structures and stroll north up a little path that leads to a fresh, stellar view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Fort Miley grill is often available for walk-ins, especially on weekdays.

What's The Deal: Stella & Dot, Therapy, Zaza + More

The weather may be cooling, but the deals are hot...

Stella & Dot Happy Hour: Head to 111 Minna after work today from 5-9 p.m. for cheap drinks and feminine baubles from Stella & Dot.

Therapy: Now thru Sept. 12, take 30% off all dresses, rompers and shorts at the beloved boutique's SF and South Bay locations just in time for Indian Summer.

Have Gun, Will Travel: 'The American'

Who is Jack, the painfully distant protagonist at the heart of Anton Corbijn’s new thriller? We suspect he might have been an assassin, and indeed, when thrust in harm’s way, he responds with pistols drawn, coldly gunning down friends and foes alike – anyone, it seems, who might compromise his work.
 
He is a difficult man to engage. Personal disclosures are few, and whatever concessions he offers to inquiring strangers – about his job, or his technological acumen – are often misleading. Yet he takes no joy in the deception. Jack, whose real name might be Edward, is hungry for human contact, a luxury his lifestyle doesn’t afford.
 

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