Castro District News

Gay Travel Guru’s Tips for the Ultimate Gay Napa and Sonoma Valley Experience

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What should I do when I visit Napa and Sonoma Valley?"

A question that is often asked of Mark Vogler and Gary Saperstein, co-founders of Out in the Vineyard and Drink Careers 101 project advisory board members, when their friends visit California’s wine country. In a region that’s rich with history and world renowned wineries, Mark said his LGBT friends often didn’t know where to start when planning a trip to Napa and Sonoma Valley. With Mark having an extensive background in tourism, and Gary in the restaurant industry, the two combined their love for food, travel, and of course wine, to start Out in the Vineyard.

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New Digs in the Castro District: Live Green and Stay Healthy at 38 Dolores

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Sure you’ve been reading all the articles about the new Whole Foods and other retail stores around the new 38 Dolores complex (Yea, we’ve talked about it, too: http://goo.gl/UC5h2g), but do you know much about the new building itself? With it’s philosophy of embracing a green lifestyle and community wellness, 38 Dolores seems like the epitome of San Francisco living.

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Acts of Kindness: LGBTQ Volunteer Opportunities in San Francisco

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Looking to help others? Here’s a list of organizations that are helping others that need your help, too! Start today:

1. Event Volunteer — Openhouse

Help Openhouse with their event "Know Your Rights and Claim Your Money" (Social Security and the LGBT Community). Sign people in, help with set up and take down, and put on your dazzling personality for this momentous event.

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Let’s Get Freaky, Castro: LGBTQ Halloween Events in San Francisco

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Since there will still be no Halloween celebration on Castro Street this year because of violence that has happened in previous years, you’ll have to get your Halloween 2013 rocks off in other ways. Thankfully, there’s plenty of amazing LGBTQ Halloween celebrations happening all over San Francisco! Here’s a list of all ghoulish parties and events you just can’t miss this year!

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NSFW: Folsom Street Fair Fashion is Kinkier Than Ever

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Folsom Street Fair is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair that hosts a unique display of characters and exhibitionist events — and you’ve probably never seen, or experienced, anything like it before.

If you didn’t get a chance to make it out this year, immerse yourself in these amazing photos by Akshay Sawhney, a San Francisco-based photographer, to get a little taste of how things went down.

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Castro District News: City Hall Update from Supervisor Scott Wiener

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Safeway Recycling Center Closing

The recycling center at Market and Buchanan on the corner of the Safeway lot has been served a notice to vacate and is slated to close in early November. Since I first came into office, I’ve been pushing Safeway to close this center, but we still need to ensure there are effective options for recycling. In addition to our successful curbside program, I’m engaging with the Department of the Environment on their implementation of a more dispersed model of redemption (for example, reverse vending machines) so that people can still redeem cans and bottles without overly impacting any one neighborhood.

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