First Lovey

apple park picnic pal blankies!

Ah, young love. When you were attached at the hip, lived for endless caresses, and wanted nothing more than to fall asleep in each other’s arms.

It’s exactly how your tiny dreamer will feel about her own first lovey: an Apple Park Picnic Pal blankie. Made with hypoallergenic filling and organic silk and cotton, the cuddly creatures pacify steadfast mewlers with easy-to-grasp floppy shapes, soft black eyes, and gentle smiles.

The stable of Apple Park characters includes a charming monkey, fuzzy duck, and — our favorite — a silk-clawed bear cub. We recommend you choose one and commit, buying a spare in case of loss or mishap.

No need to be a heartbreaker just yet.

Available at Rockridge Kids, 5511 College Avenue, between Ocean View Drive and Lawton Avenue, Oakland (510-601-5437); online at

this week in san francisco!

Fiddler on the Roof

What: Harvey Fierstein brings Tevye to SF in a monthlong run that includes twelve matinees.
Why: Tradition!
When: Thru Feb. 21.
Where: Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., at Market St. Tickets online at or call 415-512-7770.

GirlForce Retreat

What: Girls ages 7-12 enjoy a free, four-hour wellness escape with games, sports, and art projects.
Why: You go, girl.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Presidio Community YMCA, Letterman Gym, 1152 Gorgas Ave., b/t O’Reilly & Kennedy Aves. (415-447-9622). Register by Wednesday at 415-447-9673 or


What: An inspiring exhibit of Charlie Pack’s fully operational models (Ferris wheel, cable cars, a jet rocket), all made from Erector sets and other construction toys.
Why: Test their metal.
When: Thru Mar. 28. Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., b/t Bryant & Waverley Sts., Palo Alto (650-321-1004).

Photo: Courtesy of Apple Park

Golden Gate Theatre
1 Taylor St
@ Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
bt Bryant & Waverley Sts
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Presidio Community YMCA
1152 Gorgas Ave
bt Kennedy & O'Reilly Aves
San Francisco, CA 94129
5511 College Ave
bt Ocean View Dr & Lawton Ave
Oakland, CA 94618