“How To” Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences: Jan 12

If you need a little push to set your New Year Resolutions into motion, perhaps the California Academy of Sciences can be of some assistance. With the help of SkillShare, Make: SF, The Distilled Man, and The Bike Kitchen, the focus of the “How To” Nightlife held on January 12 (from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) will offer what they hope will be the ultimate how-to workshop. The cost to enjoy this event is $12.

Butterfly Habitat Volunteer Day – Stow Lake Boat House: Jan 14

If your New Year’s Resolution was to give more to your community, why don’t you join in the fun with other volunteers, SF Parks Alliance, and the Recreation and Parks Department, as they create a butterfly habitat on Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park. Participants will meet at the Stow Lake Boat House on Stow Lake Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An educational talk will take place during the lunch break. You may look forward to guest speakers that include ecologists, naturalists, and historians who have tons of information to share about the history of Strawberry Hill. There is no cost to participate. Necessary tools will be provided. You should bring a bagged lunch and water for this activity.

2012 Lunar New Year – SF County Fair Building: Jan 21

The SF Botanical Garden Society is proud to bring in the Lunar New Year on January 21, where a celebration and flower market will be held at the San Francisco County Fair Building (9th and Lincoln Way) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To pay homage to the Year of the Dragon, prepare yourself for a free event that is filled with food, flowers, festivities, and more gorgeous blooms. This year, classical stringed instruments and cultural dance performances by Alice Fong Yu School will entertain. There will be lion dancers and magician Jaden Huang. The Chinese Historical Society of America will deliver a delightful puppet show. Other highlights include a Tea Room and Tea Tastings by Vital Tea Leaf, educational activities, and an Asian Art Museum Children’s Art Center for the kiddies.

A range of tasty edibles centered on Asian cuisine will be offered – thanks to the likes of the Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market, Tru Gourmet Organic Dim Sum, and Golden Chariot Bakery. From an early 20th century bridal carriage from Dynasty Rosewood to the inviting colors of traditional Lunar New Year plants and flowers – there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy. For more details, you can call (415) 412-3230.

Arts & Sciences 5K – Conservatory of Flowers: Jan 29

The Dolphin South End Runners (DSE) is the oldest and largest running club in San Francisco – often hosting events, such as the Arts & Sciences 5K being held on January 29 at Golden Gate Park. The race will begin at 9 a.m. with runners meeting at the Conservatory of Flowers for the start. Some of the highlights of the course include Stow Lake Drive, MLK Drive, Park & Rec baseball fields, and Bowling Green Drive. The museum loop/music concourse is also included. For more information (such as the registration closing date), click here.

deYoung Artist-in-Residence (Dana Zed) – deYoung Museum: until Jan 29

The January Artist-in-Residence at deYoung Museum is Dana Zed (“House of Mirror Reflections”), who uses mirrors, glass, and changing light to distort the way people view themselves. Zed will draw visitors at the museum and encourage them to draw themselves and one another. The portraits will be printed, and then hung on the wall. After the closing reception, you can reclaim your masterpieces. The Artist-in-Residence is available at the museum from Wednesday to Sunday – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, January 28 (3 to 5 p.m.), a closing reception will offer light refreshments and live music in honor of Dana Zed’s visit to the museum.

Free Admission – California Academy of Sciences: Feb 5

If you are looking to plan an outing at Golden Gate Park ahead of time, mark your calendars for February 5, where Free Admission Day will take place at California Academy of Sciences.