Help Out By Participating in Coastal Cleanup Day: On the third Saturday each September, thousands of California residents take to the beaches, but these eco-friendly citizens aren’t looking to get tan or ride the surf. They’re taking part in California’s Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest annual volunteer event, which is once again set for September 17. Communities across the state will help rid the beaches of trash, debris and other detritus carelessly strewn about our shoreline. On the Peninsula, volunteers will meet at various points in San Mateo County, including Esplanade Beach in Pacifica. Helpers can be extra environmentally-friendly on Saturday by taking public transportation to the cleanup event. SamTrans Routes 110, 112 and 140 all provide service to Esplanade Beach.
Have a Bloody Good Time With Brunch in San Francisco: No brunch is truly complete without a tasty Bloody Mary to accompany your meal—a testament that is being celebrated this Sunday in the Bay Area. The region will host its annual Bloody Mary Festival, a three-hour tour of the finest haunts in San Francisco, Oakland and other locals. Starting at 1 p.m., participants can purchase an all-access ticket that will gain them entrance into local bars like Finnegan’s Wake in San Francisco and Penrose in Oakland. Fest-goers will rate all the Bloody Marys’ available, to determine which local venue produces the finest cocktail. To truly enjoy the festival, participants should give up their car keys and take advantage of the local public transportation network. For those traveling from the Peninsula, Caltrain offers hourly service on Sundays, along with four Baby Bullet trains.
San Jose Hosts Community Town Hall: With the explosive growth of Silicon Valley continuing unabated, San Jose has a lot of pressing questions for its future. How should the South Bay city make plans to accommodate the growing demands of the region? Should it invest in more public transportation? Explore affordable housing possibilities? All those questions will be on the table during the San Jose Community Town Hall event, slated for 11 a.m. on Friday at the Tech Museum of Innovation. Co-hosted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, SPUR, and other local organizations, the town hall will allow residents to hear from Mayor Sam Liccardo and other elected officials about how San Jose is tackling its various challenges. Located at 201 South Market Street, the Tech Museum is accessible by multiple Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus lines.