By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets
NAMIWalks @ San Jose: The National Alliance on Mental Illness is celebrating its 16th Anniversary with NAMIWalks, an event built around raising awareness about mental health and raising funds for the organization. This year, the walk kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 22 at Area Green West in San Jose, a short walk from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station. Register today to be a part of this longstanding charitable event.
27th Big Chill Out @ Pacifica: If you say “brah” without irony, you need to get yourself to Pacifica State Beach this Saturday, Sept. 22, for the 27th Annual Big Chill Out Longboard Classic, brought to you by the Pedro Point Surf Club. This surf contest doubles as a fundraiser for Ride-A-Wave, the Surfrider Foundation and the Pacifica Beach Coalition. Pacifica State Beach is served by the SamTrans 17, 110, 112 and 118, (the last three of which connect with BART) and SamTrans does allow boards on board, provided you can fit it through the door.
Candytopia: I believe it was Johannes Sebastian Bach who first sang the immortal words “I want candy” (it’s possible I misremembered that). Candytopia is open for business at 767B Market Street in San Francisco, and everyone with a sweet tooth will be making it their profile picture any day now. It’s a decent walk from the San Francisco Caltrain Station, but the walk back afterwards will give your sugar high something to do. Make sure to visit this social hotspot with a fully charged phone, as if it doesn’t end up on Instagram, did it really happen?
Rail Safety: Caltrain continues to observe September as Rail Safety Month. To learn the dos and don’ts about how to behave around railroad tracks, visit www.caltrain.com/railsafety. On the Web page are tips anyone can use to help promote rail safety on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CaltrainSafe when you do.