Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Homes from the Holiday

Check out the holiday windows at Macy’s decorated by the SF SPCA. Last year nearly 300 animals found homes, thanks to these windows. Now a new group of adorable pets await their turn. Through January 2nd. www.sfspca.org

SF Historical Eats

If it was 1886 and you were at Fior d’Italia in North Beach, a nickel would net a main course of sautéed veal, or the true epicure, calf brains. San Francisco Eats, is a free exhibition opening Saturday at the SF Main Library where you will regale in culinary trivia. SF is a bona fide food town and this exhibit provides the evidence. Check out menus, photographs, historic cooking gadgets and restaurant ephemera thru March 20th.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas at the White House

Student: Camryn

What are the holidays like at the White House? Consult the White House website and then write a news story.

NASA Gets Ready to Launch a Rocket

Student: Nikia

NASA is getting ready to launch a rocket. Write a news story about the event. Go to the NASA website for background information.

The Colors of Our Minds

Student: Alysen

Write a story about this PhD student's scientific (and artistic) work. Collect your background information at The New York Times.

Curious George Exhibit

Student: Faryn

Write about the Curious George exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, as well as the upcoming family art day.

What Is the Hillwood Foundation?

Student: Clara

You may need to interview either Mr. or Mrs Grantz for this story. But to start, use the information from the flier that wen home to parents yesterday. (Ms. Moorhead also has a copy.)

What's at the Zoo for the Holiday?

Student: Jay and Erion

What's happening at the zoo for the holiday? Write a story based on information from the zoo's website and the SFGate. Remember to include links, images, and source.

Tree-Lighting Ceremony at Golden Gate Park

Student: Nikita

Write about the upcoming tree-lighting service in Golden Gate Park. When is it? Include a link to and information from the park's website.

When you are done, you may make an Animoto video.

Reindeer on the Roof? Really?

Student: Anya


'Tis the Season for Science — and your task is to write about all the holiday happenings at the Academy of Sciences. Visit the website for more information, and remember to hit on the following highlights.

Celebrate the holidays with a scientific twist this season! From now through January 2, explore a winter wonderland at the California Academy of Sciences, complete with live reindeer, hot chocolate, an igloo theater, festive decor, and snow flurries in the piazza. The exciting lineup of winter-themed programs changes every day and every week. Programs include:


  • A daily rendezvous with Yukon and Windy, the two live reindeer
  • Interactive games: Polar Jeopardy and Mad Science
  • Performances by SF Circus, Robert Strong the Comedy Magician, and Dance-Along Nutcracker
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Displays of northern lights in the igloo
  • Arctic specimen spotlights
  • Photos with Santa Claude, the alligator mascot

Preview the Nutcracker

Student: Rubina

Write a news story that previews the San Francisco Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker. Use information and photos from the ballet's website. Also, include historical information about the Nutcracker and where the word "nutcracker" comes from.

The Hillwood Holiday Party

Student: Zack

As the Deputy of Santa at the North Pole, write an article about Hillwood upcoming holiday party. Give all the important details (who, what, when, where and why), as well as your plans for the day.

Your article should include all of the information from flier sent home to parents yesterday.

Include images from last year's holiday party.