5 Best Things to Do This Week: September 16 – 22

Point Bonita

Point Bonita Coastal Cleanup and Free BBQ

Participate in the global movement of Healthy Parks Healthy People to inspire healthy and active fun while taking care of the parks. In an effort to improve the health and wellness of all Bay Area residents, join Point Bonita YMCA from 9:30 a.m to 12 p.m. — registration starts at 9:00 a.m. Naturalists will guide you to South Rodeo Beach to show your appreciation of California’s gorgeous coast. After the clean up, there will be a free barbecue at the Bay Model in Sausalito.


Oktoberfest Block Party

San Francisco’s historic German restaurant, Schroeder’s, celebrates the 126th Oktoberfest — the largest beer festival in the world — with a grand Oktoberfest celebration. The celebration kicks off with an over-the-top block party on Friday, September 20. Featuring live music by Pop Rocks, plenty of beer, sausages, pretzels, prizes and games. Dress up and get your first beer for free. There will also be a costume contest for the grand prize. Tokens can be purchased in advance until September 19 at Schroeder’s. One token value is $10; purchase of $50 in tokens, will receive 6 tokens ($60 value); purchase of $100 in tokens will receive a plastic boot and 11 tokens ($120 value).

Guide Dogs for the Blind Gala

Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Canine Heroes Gala will take guests on a journey of fine wine, gourmet food, and heartwarming stories about the independence and the power of its guide dog teams. Guests will hear Sapphire’s incredible story and how Guide Dogs for the Blind’s community worked together to save her life. Attendees will receive a “Pawsport” that will allow them to experience a wine tasting in the dark, meet some future canine heroes, learn more about guide dog training and take a Juno walk (which simulates walking with a guide dog). During the live auction, guests will have the opportunity to bid on a week in an Italian villa, a luxury river cruise on AMA Waterways, and naming a puppy. The evening will culminate in a delivery of adorable 8-week old puppies to local volunteer puppy raisers. Proceeds from the Gala will help support the costs of veterinary care, ensuring that all of Guide Dogs for the Blind’s program dogs receive the finest, most advanced medical care.

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead at Dominican University

Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training” so the delinquent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men.” In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors. Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative. Tickets to this Friday event cost $45 and include a copy of The Nickel Boys.

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie at Book Passage

Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse. The fully realized lives of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine in a profoundly human quest for love and a wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction. Tickets for this Saturday event cost $31 and include a copy of Quichotte.

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