It’s a brand new year, and with that, it’s time to start cracking on those New Year Resolutions. Golden Gate Park events in January can certainly help. Fitness seekers may choose from at least two scheduled runs through the park. The Academy and de Young Museum have plenty of activities and gatherings that allow you to immerse yourself in culture and learning something new. Charitable events and volunteering your time to a good cause can be accomplished by participating in a fundraiser planned at the park. Don’t forget to check out the other January 2016 events at Golden Gate Park centered on art, science and culture below:

Jan Events

Portals of the Past Docent Tour – deYoung Museum (Wilsey Court) – January 3

The docent tour, which meets at Wilsey Court and takes guests on an exploration of the Portals of the Past through the Photographs of Willard Worden, starts at 12:30 p.m. at the deYoung Museum. The exhibition celebrates a collection of Worden’s photographs hailing from the first two decades of the 20th century. Some of the subjects you’ll encounter include San Francisco’s coastline, Chinatown, and of course, Golden Gate Park.

The tour is free with museum admission. There is no need to make a reservation. The full Portals of the Past exhibit will continue until February 14, 2016. For more information, you can contact docent@famsf.org or call (415) 750-3638.

How-To NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – January 7

For those who have set their sights on learning something new for the New Year, the Academy aims to please with a night dedicated to how-to workshops, demonstrations and other fun activities. African Hall will open up to DIY Demos where you can learn how to screen print T-shirts, create a macramé planter, or explore henna tattoos. Other features of the event include wine tasting, sashimi sushi demonstration, and sampling Japanese fermented foods. Music for the night will be provided by DJ Kingmost.

Thursday NightLife events start at 6 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for members and $15 for non-members, who belong to the 21 and over club. Valid identification is required to gain entry.

Additional Thursday NightLife events for January 2016 are centered on the following themes:

  • January 14 – Sketchfest NightLife: As part of the SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival, the Academy hosts a night marked by a blend of cocktails, critters and comedy. A humorous take on science will take place at African Hall (from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) with guests Paul & Storm, and Adam Savage from Mythbusters and More. At 7:30 p.m., the Probably Science Podcast hosts a live discussion that features Matt Kirshen, Andy Wood and Adam Savage.

Original “Mystery Science Theater 3000” cast members Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff will present short films in the Forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Standup comedy takes over the Piazza from 6:40 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. Those who prefer to dance the night away will find a New Wave City DJ spinning the tunes in the Coral Reef.

  • January 21 – Brain & Body NightLife: If human health and wellness fascinates you, then the theme for this week’s NightLife might be just the thing to jumpstart your weekend. Cutting-edge medical innovations are revealed in African Hall, as Dr. Jim Olson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center touches upon advancements in cancer detection and treatment. Hands-on interactive, activities showcase the latest technologies used by surgeons. Ever wonder how brain surgery is done? The Academy demonstrates the procedure on neuro-Jello molds. Here, you can also sample Revive Kombucha and enjoy a session of yoga.
  • January 28 – SF Beer Week NightLife Local beer and spirits are the center of attention for this week’s NightLife event. The Academy partners up with SF Beer Week to provide a pop-up beer hall with dozens of local breweries that include samples from the likes of Anchor Brewing, Calicraft Brewing Co., Drake’s Brewing, Golden State Cider, New Bohemia, Six Rivers Brewery, and Triple Voodoo. Magnolia Brewing Co. will also introduce the Academy’s first-ever craft beer Aliciella Bitter, which uses various plants growing on the museum’s living roof.

Additional features of the night include live demos that present the art of beer-making, as well as a tribute to renowned Academy botanist, Alice Eastwood, who was the inspiration for the museum’s signature beer. Music for the event will come courtesy of More SF DJs.

San Francisco Disc Golf Club (Bag Tag Challenge) – Marx Meadow – January 9

The San Francisco Disc Golf Club is hosting their Annual Fundraiser Tournament, and you are invited. In addition to enjoying the festivities (like the Bag Tag Ceremony), a BBQ lunch is also on the agenda. Those who participate will receive a discount on club plastic throughout the year. When paying membership dues, take care in knowing that your contributions will go towards enhancing the clubs and new courses in the Bay Area.

Registration will take place at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The entry fee is $45, which entitles you to at least one round of 18 holes (rain or shine). After the round, take time to enjoy the party and BBQ. Other activities planned for the event include frisbeer and skeeball. This event will be held at 900 John F Kennedy Drive. For more details, visit http://www.sfdiscgolf.org/ .

Volunteering in the Park – January 9

Give back to Golden Gate Park and show a little tender, loving care by volunteering your time to one of many clean-up and upkeep groups that help keep the park well-maintained and beautiful. On this day, the following three groups meet:

  • The Panhandle Park On-going Volunteer Project meets from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., which helps maintain the basketball court and area landscaping around the children’s playground.
  • Annual Dahlia Dell Digout in Golden Gate Park meets from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Dahlia Dell (located at the Conservatory Access Road). Volunteers receive free training in dahlia growing, and encounter hands-on exploration by digging tuber clumps, raking, weeding and labeling tubers. Lunch and light refreshments are served.
  • The Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Volunteer Project meets from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 100 John F Kennedy Drive to help restore the native oak woodlands. Light refreshments are provided. Please note that the group meets at the bottom of the steps to the Conservatory of Flowers.

To participate in any of the above volunteer opportunities, you can RSVP by emailing recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org or calling (415) 831-6333.

Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K – Bandshell/Music Concourse – January 10

One of the sweetest races of the year mixes fun and running for both novice and seasoned participants who will meet at 7:30 a.m. to enjoy an event filled with plenty of rewards. Before race day, visit the race expo where you can pick up your packet with a race day bib and goodie bag. Samples of chocolate will also be on hand. On the day of the race, you can look forward to a Finisher Mug filled with goodies. The 5K starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by an 8:20 a.m. start for the 15K.  For more details, you can visit here.

Jewel City Exhibition – DeYoung Museum – January 1 thru 10

You only have a few days left to catch Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition , which started back in October of last year, and ends on January 10, 2016. Situated in Herbst Exhibition Galleries, this display of artworks pays homage to the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). The PPIE marked the opening of the Panama Canal and the city’s reconstruction after the devastating earthquake of 1906.

Gaining national and international attention, the grand exposition covered 76 city blocks, and provided the city with more than 11,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, as well as a range of public murals and monuments. de Young Museum reassembled more than 200 works by major American and European artists to represent this memorable piece of San Francisco history.

Vintage Paper Fair – SF County Fair Building – January 16 & 17

Out of the three Hal Lutsky’s paper fairs scheduled to take place this year, the first occurs in mid-January, where you will find one of the best Bay Area collections of postcard, trade cards, photography, brochures, labels, Victorian treasures, sports memorabilia, and all sorts of interesting displays of old paper. You may also bring your own goods for free appraisals. The Vintage Paper Fair is a two-day event that will be held at 9th Ave & Lincoln Way at the Hall of Flowers (County Fair Building). On Saturday, the doors are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, the doors open at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. For more information on this event, you can call (415) 531-0553.

Botanical Drawing Workshop – SF Botanical Garden – January 21

When you join Nina Antze at the Botanical Garden for this workshop, you’ll be able to explore colored pencil techniques fit for capturing the beauty of the winter garden. You’ll practice mixing and layering color, and other techniques, such as burnishing. Watercolor pencils will also come into play for this workshop. You are welcome to bring in your own blooms, or choose from an assortment of live plants and flowers from the Garden. All drawing levels are accommodated. A supply list will be provided to those who sign up. Since the workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., it is suggested to bring your own lunch. The fee for this opportunity is $75 for members and $90 for non-members.

Rainbow Falls 5K – January 24

If you’re looking for a run to help realize your New Year Resolution, there is a race event being held at Rainbow Falls. Participants will start off running east up Kennedy Drive to McLaren Lodge. There is a turnaround at the Barricade at Kezar Drive, where runners will head back and turn right on East Conservatory Drive. Running up and around East Conservatory Drive, the route continues back onto Kennedy Drive, where the finish line awaits westbound. The cost to participate in this race is $3 for 13-17 years and 18 and over participants; $5 for non-members aged 18 and over, and free for ages up to 12. The race starts promptly at 9 a.m. For more information, you can call (415) 978-0837.

Garden Happy Hour – SF Botanical Garden – January 30

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., beer lovers may appreciate the Beer Tasting, Talk & Tour with Fort Point Beer Co. taking place at the Botanical Garden. The talk will touch upon the process of including charred manzanita in Fort Point Beer Co beer. You’ll get a chance to sample the brew, as well as tour the California Native Garden, where a collection of manzanita awaits. The cost to enjoy this event is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

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