Get Out This Weekend: 8/8 - 8/9

A very "fly" few days including aircraft, bats and fly fishing

By Jessica Greene
|  Friday, Aug 7, 2009  |  Updated 5:48 PM PDT
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Sunday Streets Comes to SF Mission District

Josh Keppel

Emily Balistrieri holds up a stop sign so cars can safely make it through the masses. Balistrieri is a SF Bike Coalition volunteer and this was the first time she volunteered for Sunday Streets.

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GO BATTY: They're a little scary but important to the natural world. Lie on a blanket under the moon as you learn the importance of bats and discover the myths behind the winged creatures at the Bat Inn at Calero County Park Saturday night. You'll need a flashlight, layered clothing and bug spray for the gathering, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 408-268-3883 for reservations.

HIGH-FLYING EYE CANDY: Travel south to Salinas for the California International Air Show. The show runs all weekend with flying scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday followed by the return of the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. A variety of aircraft will be on display on the ground and in the air all weekend. Don't miss the Blue Angels and the Golden Knights, both taking to the air Saturday and Sunday. Find out what the heck the Robosaurus is, hear from NASA astronauts and check out the Wall of Fire. Check out their Web site for more.

LESSONS IN FLY FISHING: How does anyone catch a fish by just tossing a line in and out of the water at a rapid pace? Now's the time for you to find out. Spend a few hours with a certified fly-casting instructor to learn the basics of the sport, including lessons on knot tieing and and fly selection and tips for reading the water to find out where the fish are and how to hook them. The hands-on event runs 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday at Tilden Regional Park's Lake Anza in Berkeley and costs $60. Call 888-327-2757 to find out how to get in.

SUNDAY STREETS: The fun, safe and car-free way to see San Francisco rolls around again this weekend. Streets will be shut down to automobile traffic so pedestrians, cyclists and skaters can take over the Great Highway from Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo.The fun goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a gander at the gallery below from fabulous NBC Bay Area photographer Josh Keppel for a taste of what intersting sights you'll see at Sunday Streets.

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