A swing and prayer flags at Bernal Heights. Photo by Ed Brownson.

It is 7:00 a.m. and currently 52°, with an expected high today of  63° and sunny clear skies all day. Details for the next ten days are here.

Today is Election Day, click here to find the nearest polling place. For local elections (rather than presidential elections), many polling places are consolidated, “reducing the overall number of polling places from 573 to 391 for this election,” according to the San Francisco Department of Elections. All are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You know you want that “I voted!” or “Yo voté!” sticker!

In the not-too-distant Dogpatch neighborhood, the Museum of Craft and Design at 2569 Third Street is hosting a free admission day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go check out the museum’s new digs, where a visual feast of handcrafted and creatively designed jewelry, furniture and kinetic sculptures is on display.

The first Tuesday of every month is also free admission day at the De Young Museum and the Conservation of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, the Legion of Honor in outer Richmond, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at Mission and 4th Streets and the Cartoon Art Museum at 655 Mission Street. Did you know that in addition to a 6,000-plus item collection, the Cartoon Art Museum hosts a research/library facility? Hop on the bike and take off on your own culture cruise.

From 4 to 5 p.m. is your last chance to check out – cost free- the Lady Washington, a life-sized replica of an 18th century sailing ship now docked at Pier 40. The Lady and her crew sail up and down the west coast giving tours to school kids and tourists, and appears in Hollywood movies like the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Whew! After all that art and high-seas adventure, how ’bout some (donation-based) heaps of free Nepalese food? Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Civic Center plaza (at Larkin and Grove Streets), the non-profit organization Curry Without Worry serves up free plates of vegetable curry, rice, nan, chutney, bean soup and other Himalayan-flavored fare. Everyone who comes gets a plateful of tasty, tummy-filling goodness.


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Greta Mart is a Bay Area-based newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and currently a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. From 2005 to 2012 she was a staff reporter at two community newspapers in WA and CA, and has contributed to several Bay Area and Seattle area newspapers, as well as Pacific Yachting and Italy's Gulliver and La Republicca's D magazines. Greta holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and studied history at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She lives aboard her sailboat at the Berkeley Marina.

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