Tucker tied for first place in the 2012 Whole Enchihuahua
Photo by Kira Stackhouse
The activity level in the Bay Area this weekend reaches hyperactive highs.Â On Saturday, find all things Asian-Pacific at Civic Center and the Tenderloin: Cooking demos by Martin Yan and other chefs, taiko drummers, aloha shirts, Asian bands and DJs, fresh leis, an ethnic costume parade, origami art, a fashion show of local Asian designers' apparel, and films and music videos by local Asian Pacific Americans screened at the Asian Art Museum (which is free that day). The Asian Heritage Street Celebration runs until 6 pm.
Dolores Park, meanwhile, goes to the dogs--and particularly one tiny, yappy, over-populated breed. The Whole Enchihuahua (12-3 pm) offers free canine dental checks, vet consultations, doggie games, food trucks, mariachi music and adoptable puppies (and cats, bunnies and birds). Any dog can compete in the 2 pm costume contest to win a weekend at doggie camp, dog massages, dog beds and other prizes. Chihuahuas represent up to half of the dogs in some Bay Area shelters, and the San Francisco SPCA is doing free spaying/neutering and waiving adoption fees for Chihuahua mixes through the end of the month.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month (who knew?). Because of the latter, the American Society of Hypertension is giving free hypertension, glucose and cholesterol tests on Saturday, 10 am-3 pm, at Yerba Buena Lane and Market St. (behind the Marriott Marquis, 55 Fourth St.). Go get tested. Hypertension, the "silent killer," doesn't have obvious symptoms, but it got its nickname for obvious reasons.
If you roll up your sleeves for a few hours Saturday, you'll be rewarded with a concert-party with the bands Big Gigantic and Robert DeLong. Sign up and help clean up the shoreline in Richmond from 9:30 am-noon, and you'll get a ticket to the Budweiser Made in America party on June 5 at Fort Mason. Folks from Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Watershed Project will be cleaning up alongside you.
That's all on Saturday. Other weekend events: Two contemporary artÂ fairs, and the Maker Faire for all things DIY (see our May calendar). On Sunday is the long-running, only-in-San-Francisco spectacle known as Bay to Breakers.