Liam's List: Fourth of July, Cold War Kids and Bay Area county fairs

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EVENT: ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIR
Enjoy all the fun and flavour of the fair, at Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. The popular summer fair returns and offers all usual fair favorites plus the usual food vendors, sticky, toffy, salty , corny, fires and pnaughty - yup it’s all there . Plus fair rides galore , market stalls and fan favorites (piggy races & livestock pens). Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Check the website for tickets & fair times and concert info.

EVENT: SF FIREWORKS
From Sonoma to San Jose, Blackhawk to the Bay, Fireworks shows are all around us this July 4. Wherever you are watching, find your spot early, bring a blanket and wear warm clothes. Plus beware karl the fog, especially our friends watching fireworks over the Bay. Fisherman’s Wharf offers some of the best spots to catch the sites and sounds. Be safe. Check the website for details.

MOVIE: FOURTH OF JULY
A new film written by Joe List and Louis CK, also directed by Louis CK is playing in theaters now. It’s not your holiday weekend blockbuster but instead an indie film with heart and humour and perfect for a date night. The story: A recovering alcoholic and jazz pianist in NYC confronts his acerbic family during their annual Fourth of July vacation. This is the comeback Louis CK is in need of and he triumphs here as a competent director allowing other actors to shine and they do; Joe List, Sarah Tollemache, Paula Plum, Robert Walsh and Robert Kelly among the super talented the cast.

SPORT: GIANTS V WHITE SOX
SF Giants stay home for the holiday weekend and take on the White Sox. Cheer on your home team. Fans should also consider casting a vote for Joc Peterson for an all-stars spot. Go Giants!

MUSIC: COLD WAR KIDS AT STERN
Enjoy a double dose of music at Stern Grove this Sunday at 2 p.m.. Geography are the opening band and then Cold War Kids take to the stage. For those with kids, check out the kids zone in the meadow with face painting, puppetry and of course tasty eats and yummy offerings at the diverse Food trucks. I’ll be there to emcee.

FAIR: MARIN COUNTY FAIR
Head to the Marin Center in San Rafael for all the fun of the fair. The gates open at 11am daily and 12 hours of fair fun await. There are thrills and spills but for me it’s always about the food. Big Jim BBQ is a fan fave and my fave too. Enjoy Live Music daily. See you there.

EAT: HOT COOKIE
This sweet spot on the Castro has been a favorite of mine for as long as I have been here in the Bay (since 1997). It’s the first aroma that hits your nose as you make the turn from Market on to Castro, the waft of freshly baked cookies as good as anything your Mama ever baked! The M&M cookie is a personal fave. These hot cookies are the crack you need anytime anyday. Thanks Hot Cookie for providing sweet treats to the neighbourhood and community for more than three decades.Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

ON TV: STRANGER THINGS
It’s been a wait and we’ll worth it as the latest season of Stranger Things streams on Netflix. For newbies here’s a brief back story; In 1980s Indiana, a group of young friends witness supernatural forces and secret government exploits. As they search for answers, the children unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries. The second part of the latest season is available now.

MUSIC: ON THE SQUARE, REDWOOD CITY
Redwood City is well known for its events, but Friday night’s Music on the Square is one of the most treasured nights of summer. These high-energy shows are guaranteed to get everyone off their feet dancing and having a great time. Plus, being surrounded by so many scrumptious and diverse restaurants and bars, there are plenty of options for a variety of cuisine before, during and after the show! Courthouse Square is the Community’s “Living Room” and the weather can’t be beat. Music on the Square is ongoing every Friday through September 2nd.

PARADE: HALF MOON BAY
The parade starts at 12 noon and will feature many equine entrants as well as floats, old-timey cars, community groups and marching bands. There will be a pancake breakfast at City Hall from 8 a.m. to noon as well as a Red, White and Blue Block Party with barbecue, a libations tent and more, beginning at 11 a.m.

Liam's List premieres Fridays on KPIX and is also available to download via iTunes. Please email ideas to me at liam@liammayclemproductions.com.

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