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And Now, Some Fun News: Dogfest 2011 is Next Weekend! Also: Help Japan on Foursquare Day.

dogfest2011.pngTime for some fun news along the Mighty N: the fourth annual "Dogfest" at Duboce Park will be held next Saturday, April 16th, from 11am-4pm. This fun event combines all sorts of cool things that we all like: helping support public school programs, hanging out in Duboce Park, dogs, fun events, and it's got its own Muni Metro stop. What more could you want?

I've attended this event on and off over the last few years, and every year it just seems to be getting better and better, and it started out as awesome, so that's a bonus.

This year they'll be featuring a wide range of events for both dogs and people, and will also host a raffle and silent auction. All of this goes to support science, the arts, and literacy at McKinley public school, located in the Castro. Let's face it, public schools have been taking it on the chin for decades now, and it's only with these kinds of events that our schools can survive and give kids the knowledge and experiences they need. How could anyone say no, right?

If you're feeling especially adventurous, why not help TWO worthy causes (and still have fun)? April 16th is also "Foursquare Day," and Pacific Catch, located at 9th and Irving, is once again hosting a special event for the day and offering you a chance to earn a special badge on Foursqaure. This year, they are dedicating the day to raising money for relief efforts in Japan, in parternship with Sapporo Beer. You can't watch the continuing crisis in Japan and not want to do something, so here's one (of many) opportunities to do so. As residents in an earthquake zone, we have a special duty to help others, since we know how chaotic any quake can be - the one on Japan was really severe. So if you're in the area, or just taking a lunch break from Dogfest, hop on the N and take it to 9th and Irving and check it out.

As part of a revival of sorts, I've resurrected the N Judah Chronicles Photo Group, so if you're at either of these events and see something photo-worthy, feel free to submit a photo to the group! Or if you just see something photo worthy on Muni or around town you feel others might enjoy, submit that too! I'll start featuring these on a regular basis going forward!

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