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New Smart Meter Sensors Just Installed in the Marina

We heard through the grapevine that the folks at SFMTA and SFPark (purveyors of the city's snazzy new smart meters) tore up a few blocks of Chestnut Street this week. The Marina is the latest 'hood to get wireless sensors (SOMA, Fisherman's Wharf and Civic Center are others) installed in each parking spot for their congestion-based pricing project.

Your Seven Favorite Charities: KEEN SF

A few weeks ago, we asked you to nominate your favorite local charities to give seven of them a chance to win $700 from us. We'll be profiling each on our website. Don't forget to pick your favorite to be featured in our February issue!

Executive Director Ayesha Williamson is the only staff member of KEEN SF, an organization that works to provide children with disabilities a free chance to forget their troubles and just have fun through exercise and play, while gaining increased socialization, peer to peer contact and encouragement from their one-on-one matched volunteer Coach. Read on to see how KEEN SF is making a difference in hundreds of kids' lives in our city.

Digging Up Treasures At Mid Century Mobler

One of the beauties of San Francisco is that you can dig up quality accoutrements in some pretty unexpected places--like a tiny garage in the Castro. We've recently become hip to Mid Century Mobler, a passionately-curated collection of gorgeous furniture hand picked by Julian and Gabe, two design-obsessed friends who work out of said Castro garage.

Review: Mumford & Sons @ The Warfield

Last night was a big night for San Francisco: the Giants won, and Mumford & Sons played at the Warfield. Lucky for the band, the game wrapped up before they took to the stage, marked by a surge of cheers from all of the orange and black-clad Mumford fans glued to their droids on the dance floor.  But Mumford was forgiving of the distraction, and even encouraged the random chanting (“Let’s go, Giants!”) when it arose, no matter how awkward (the band was brought out for the encore to a chorus of: “Let’s go, Mumford!”).

Look of the Week: Halloween Costumes On The Fly (Pt. 1)

Year after year, despite making a mental note to think of a Halloween costume in advance, it always comes down to frantically throwing together an ensemble in the final weeks before the big day. But that doesn't mean you can't still come up with something brilliant without having to fight the last-minute costume shop masses. With that, we leave you with 3 fail-safe ideas for women that you can piece together with minimal effort:

1. Sue Sylvester from Glee: Yes, we know this will be a popular costume this year, but that's okay because there are few things better than getting to hit the bars in a track suit, yelling insults at passerbys through a megaphone. Seriously, name one.

Ghost Nest: Custom Hardware for the Home

Adding some personality around your home needn't be a laborious undertaking; if you've ever switched out your home's knobs and pulls then you know what a huge upgrade fresh hardware can make. And the best part is, it's pretty much the easiest DIY you could do.

Your Perfect Portland Weekend

I have my first thought about relocating to Portland eight hours after arriving, just after grabbing a cappuccino and berry-topped pastry at Ken’s Artisan Bakery. It’s raining, but I—like everyone else in town—am impervious in my high-performance rain jacket.

All-You-Can-Eat Curry & All-You-Can-Drink Wine For A Great Cause

I can think of few meals more perfect for foggy, peacoat weather than a steaming bowl of Indian curry with rice. Add a few glasses of wine to that and it's hard for me to remember what I'd been worrying about all day. Enter, today's 2nd Annual Curry Cook-Off at the Women's Building on 18th Street in the Mission, like a vision out of my dreams.

Green Living and a Dynamic Washer/Dryer Duo at The Ki

You know you've really arrived when you can say you have a laundry room in your actual apartment. And since you've finally graduated from weekend runs to the laundromat, it's time to take the plunge into smart living. This weekend, The Ki hits Treasure Island with a three-day showcase of smart living brands, sustainable designs, and innovative technologies. And guess what's there? Whirlpool’s new Vantage washer and dryer, which combines technology, high style, and efficiency into a high-performance clothes-cleaning duo.

Glamour Shots: Two SF Bartenders' Harlem Concoctions

If you've been out and about in local bars of late, you've probably seen a bottle or two of Harlem, a liqueur manufactured by the Dutch distiller Nolet (best known in the States as the maker of Ketel One). Dark and herbal, with a hint of anise, the liqueur has both taste and consumption similarities with Jagermeister-- it's meant to be served ice-cold, in shot form. 

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