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Himalayan archers in the park

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SUN 9/28

A foreign country is sending weapons and troops to San Francisco. The thing is, they're nice guys: We invited them, and they're not going to hurt anyone. Funny how things can get turned around, isn't it? The event in question, "From Bhutan to the Bay," is a goodwill visit and a demonstration of the age-old methods of Himalayan archery.

On Saturday, the archers also visit the Asian Art Museum to demonstrate the process of making their bows and arrows. The outdoor exhibition starts at noon Sunday in Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow, JFK & 28th Avenue, S.F. Admission is free; call (510) 841-7749 or visit www.rosefdn.org.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Savage Sloops

SAT-SUN 9/27-28

Lake Merced is crawling with mythical beasts! Well, sorta -- the Northern California International Dragon Boat Championships brings seaworthy serpents to a watery celebration. The sculling starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lake Merced, Sunset & Lake Merced, S.F. Admission is free; visit www.cdba.org.
-- Joyce Slaton

The Other Locals

SAT 9/27

City parks are more than just canine toilets. Help keep Corona Heights healthy for native birds, insects, and other wildlife at the "Habitat Restoration Volunteer Work Party." Cleanup begins at 10 a.m. at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum (at Roosevelt), S.F. Pitching in is free; call 554-9600 or visit www.randallmuseum.org.
-- Joyce Slaton

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