Summer equals nonstop outdoor festivals, and while I like a good block party as much as the next girl, I prefer the endless noshing at Dolores Eats. The annual neighborhood-centric foodie fete helps raise funds for the shelter, housing, and support programs at Dolores Street Community Services, so stake out a spot on the lawn for stage performances from dance troupe Hot Pink Feathers, estrogen-challenged Material Girl tribute band Mandonna, and more. When your boogie power fades, it's time to load up your plate with puh-lenty of food, on sale at booths from Mission District faves like Andalu, Luna Park, and Ramblas. Strap on your feed bag starting at noon in Dolores Park, Dolores between 18th and 20th streets, S.F. Admission is free; call 282-6209 or visit www.doloreseats.org.
-- Charyn Pfeuffer
A Run for the Rest of Us
Beginners, children, slugs, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to participate in today's San Francisco Dolphin South End Runners Memorial Run, as they are at most of this group's activities. The DSE Runners rally to the memory of their founder, Walt Stack, whose many sayings included "Start slowly and taper off." Stack apparently had a number of other sayings not fit for print (let alone for children), but that seems to be one reason folks loved him. Start slowly at 9 a.m. at JFK Drive and 36th Avenue in Golden Gate Park, S.F. Registration is $2-5; call 978-0837 or visit www.dserunners.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
See yesteryear's train tracks
These days the only true streetcars left in San Francisco are the Market Street/ F-line dinosaurs, imported from cities around the globe; gorgeous as some of them are, they often function like clanking, rolling tourist attractions. Meanwhile, S.F.'s everyday commuters get around on (mostly) underground light-rail trains or buses. But our town was once strewn with snazzy streetcars that allowed locals to stake a claim in such untamed outlands as Noe Valley, the Sunset, and the Marina -- all but impossible to reach via the horse-drawn conveyances of the time. Come explore the old routes at the "Muni Alphabet History Tour" with Rescue Muni and the S.F. Bike Coalition, which show you where to find boarded-up tunnels and ghostly tracks leading nowhere, starting at 11 a.m. at Fort Mason's southwest end, Laguna & Bay, S.F. Admission is free-$5; call 431-2453 or visit www.sfbike.org.
-- Joyce Slaton