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Playing the Field 

On a horse, of course

SUN 9/7

The dot-com bubble may have burst and left many bust, but even the newly destitute can pretend to be swells at Polo in the Park, a unique chance to see a polo match. Grab a seat in the grandstand; the people-watching alone is sure to be incredible. Not a horse lover? The Jack Russell Terrier Races and sure-to-get-silly Donkey Polo match offer less highfalutin yuks. There's also a Ferrari exhibition, a fashion show, and auctions for the adults, plus a petting zoo, pony rides, and face painting for kids. Proceeds benefit the James S. Brady Riding Program, a nonprofit offering horseback lessons to special-needs children. The event gallops off at 11 a.m. at the Golden Gate Park Equestrian Field, MLK & 41st Avenue, S.F. Admission is free-$25; call 221-9438 or visit
-- Jack Karp

We Come in Peace

SAT 9/6

Michael Franti, the man who can't tell the difference between left-wing activism and throwing a rad party, is at it again. The handsome, charismatic frontman of reggae favorite Spearhead is behind the rad left-wing activism party 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival. The fifth annual get-together features musicians like Keller Williams and Zion I, plus readings from Julia Butterfly, Pam Africa, and many others. Tons of political organizations present their information, alongside food booths, a healing arts tent, and lots more. And you know Michael: He's bound to show you something beautiful. It all begins at 11 a.m. Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow, JFK & 28th Avenue, S.F. Admission is free; visit
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

A Leg Up
Help for the Himalayas

SUN 9/7

The people of the cool, remote Himalayas have long been a source of fascination for the rest of the world. The natives' mystical, ardent Buddhist practices have drawn spiritual settlers and trekkers for thousands of years, while the zone's politically precarious position between India and China has attracted other, less well-intentioned incursions. Though the problems faced by the region's oppressed people have become something of a cause célèbre in the United States, more help is needed. American Himalayan Foundation founder Richard Blum explains how his nonprofit is improving the territory's health care, education, and environment, as well as what the AHF is doing to preserve the fast-disappearing local culture. The talk starts at 9:30 a.m. at Grace Cathedral's Gresham Hall, 1100 California (at Taylor), S.F. Admission is free; call 749-6360.
-- Joyce Slaton


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