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San Francisco Rec and Park teamed up with a number of groups to create a 12,000-square-foot nature-inspired playspace at Heron’s Head. Construction began in mid-September on what will be called the Nature Exploration Area . . . And if that doesn’t grab you, the new Jerry Garcia Amphitheater reopened in McLaren Park last month after a $1.45 million update. The stage was kicked off by Shakespeare in the  Park’s production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre . . . The InterContinental Mark Hopkins is preparing to launch its new Champagne Lounge this month at the Top of the Mark . . . With unanimous support in the State Legislature, a bill to crack down on illegal street “sideshows” was sent to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk in early September. Courts would be able to suspend a driver’s license for up to 6 months for sideshow participants.

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