By Will Reisman, @WillReisman
Transit Providers Adjusting Service for Holiday: Christmas arrives on Friday, which means plenty good food, gifts under the tree and time spent with family. It also means that the Bay Area’s transportation agencies will be making changes to their service plans. On Christmas Day, Caltrain and SamTrans will operate on Sunday schedules, much like the rest of the regional transit providers. BART will run its Holiday service on Friday, which will mean reduced service and later start times for trains. Muni, VTA and AC Transit will all run Sunday service plans for the holiday, so many express routes and buses that serve area schools will not be operating. Lastly, Golden Gate Transit will run a holiday schedule on Christmas and the Golden Gate Ferry system will be closed that day.
Contemporary Jewish Museum is Free on Christmas: Continuing an annual tradition on Christmas Day, the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco will open its doors free of charge to all visitors on Friday. The museum’s Community Day will last from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Christmas, and will include musical performances from Alison Faith Levy and her Big Time Tot Rock Band, catered food services provided by Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen and interactive art studios, where families can create shadow puppet and play with light theaters. Located at 736 Mission Street, the museum is just a few blocks away from both the Montgomery Street and Powell Street BART and Muni stations, and about a 20-minute walk from the San Francisco Caltrain Station.
Help Out Those in Need on Christmas Day: For some Bay Area residents, Christmas can be a tough time of the year, particularly for those who are homeless and struggling to survive on a daily basis. Fortunately for those individuals, there are plenty of resources available for comfort on Christmas Day, including thousands of meals provided by Glide in San Francisco. Volunteers interested in helping out Glide by service food on Christmas Day can find out more information here. There are also opportunities to help out the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, an organization with a stated goal of donating 19,000 frozen turkeys to families in need before December 31. Details on how to help out that organization are available here.