Hiking, organic eats and plenty of nature 

Faves and raves by Sharon Beals (Click picture for Sharon's faves)

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AGE:
A woman of a certain age

YEARS IN THE CITY: 30

NEIGHBORHOOD: Potrero Hill

OCCUPATION: Photographer and author

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Passionate about habitat restoration and preservation, and usually wandering in one of San Francisco’s green spaces with her camera looking for birds and nests

FAVORITE DAILY MORNING RITUAL

Hiking Bernal Heights Hill

WHERE:
Bernal Heights Boulevard

WHAT: Off-leash park with lots of greenery and views

INFO: www.yelp.com/biz/bernal-heights-hill-san-francisco

I love walking up Bernal Hill with friends and my little dog, enjoying great views of The City in all directions. It’s a sweet community of dogs and walkers, and enough of an uphill climb to get the blood flowing and the brain tuned up to face the day.

FAVORITE SATURDAY MORNING RITUAL

Alemany Farmers Market

WHERE:
100 Alemany Blvd.

WHAT: Affordable produce grown by small farmers

INFO: www.sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=1058

A lot of organic produce with great stalls for breakfast and lunch. I’ve made friends with vendors over the years and they know what I like. Everything is fresh and cheap.

FAVORITE COMPUTER STORE

Create More

WHERE:
689 Third St., at Townsend Street

WHAT: Certified Apple dealers and specialists

INFO: (415) 896-9622 or www.createmore.com

You can’t beat the no-appointment drop off for repairs and great technical support. I got my last Macbook Pro from them, plus all of my data migrated for a decent price, and they even let me keep my messy desktop.

FAVORITE ART SUPPLY STORE

Arch Drafting and Supply

WHERE:
99 Missouri St., at 17th St.

WHAT: Tools for designers and supplies for artists

INFO: (415) 433-2724 or www.archsupplies.com

The place to go when you need anything for making or presenting your art. The informed staff are quite helpful, and there are always a few dogs to accompany your shopping.

FAVORITE MONTHLY NATURE LECTURE

San Francisco Naturalist Society

WHERE:
The Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way

WHAT: People dedicated to S.F.’s natural environment

INFO: www.sfns.org

At San Francisco Naturalist Society monthly meetings at the Randall Museum, you can hear experts talking about everything from beekeeping to the islands of San Francisco Bay. A wonderful way to get to know natural S.F. in concert with a dedicated community of nature-lovers.

FAVORITE RESTORATION GROUP

Nature in the City

WHERE:
Throughout The City

WHAT:
Restoring S.F. biodiversity and wildlife habitats

INFO: (415) 564-4107 or www.natureinthecity.org

NITC is working on the restoration of 33 green areas in San Francisco, and Saturday mornings you can find a place to put on some gloves and join them. While you are at it, enjoy the wildlife and learn your wildflowers.

FAVORITE EVENING DE-STRESS

Heron’s Head Park

WHERE:
Cargo Way at Jennings Street

WHAT: Salt Marsh and Uplands restoration with walking paths

INFO: www.sf-port.org/index.aspx?page=210

There is nothing like a walk in Heron’s Head Park with a little dog on a leash and binoculars around my neck to relax me after a long day. Lately I’ve been scouting for the recently-arrived rare California Clapper Rail.

FAVORITE ARTS COMMUNITY

Hunters Point Shipyard Artists

WHERE:
Galvez Avenue, at Home Avenue, and 1 Rankin St., at Custer Avenue

WHAT: Home to many S.F. artists

INFO: www.shipyardartists.com

Hunters Point Shipyard Artists is where I have my studio and work on my plastic-in-the-ocean project. It is still wild enough to remind me what real artists’ lofts were like, the bird song is the soundtrack to my work, and the creative energy of the other artists is inspiring.

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