By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets
Exploratorium After Dark: Museums are awesome, but they get a lot better when you leave the kids at home. This Thursday, October 5, you can head up to the Exploratorium for “After Dark: Dangerous Ideas and Collisions” and play around with a fog bridge, a giant kaleidoscope and a cocktail or two. The Exploratorium is a decent walk or a short MUNI ride from the San Francisco Caltrain Station, so get a sitter and have some adult fun with the knowledge that your kids wouldn’t really get it like you do.
Intergem San Mateo: If you’re the type of person that likes looking at pretty rocks, the San Mateo Event Center has got you covered. From October 6-8, the International Gem & Jewelry Show is in town, complete with beads, gems, crystals, jewelry, minerals, chains and every kind of bauble and doodad you can shake a stick at. Located within a mile of the Hayward Park Caltrain Station and the Hillsdale Caltrain Station, it has something for tastes ranging from Tiffany and Co. to those geodes you got in your stocking when you were eight.
RWC Port Fest: In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Redwood City and the 80th Anniversary of the founding of its port, this year’s Port Fest is kind of a big deal. So throw on your boat shoes, hoist the main sail and take Caltrain to the Redwood City Station where you can catch a free shuttle to the festivities. Warning: Caltrain is not liable in cases of pirate attack, scurvy or shenanigans related to snobs vs. slobs fraternity rivalries.
San Mateo County Transit District Board Week: It’s the first of the month, a day celebrated by transit nerds, means that the SamTrans Building at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos is the place to be for the SamTrans (2 p.m., Wednesday the 4th), Caltrain (10 a.m. Thursday the 5th) and San Mateo County Transportation Authority (5 p.m., Thursday the 5th) Board Meetings. Just a short walk from the San Carlos Caltrain Station, come find out what’s going on in the wide world of transit.