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It takes spirit to join Cheer SF

TUE 7/15

Anyone who doubts cheerleading is really a sport should take a good look at Cheer San Francisco -- a Bay Area cheer, dance, and stunt team. The all-volunteer nonprofit group, which started as the Hayward Raw Rahs in 1980, turns out pyramids while also raising money for local charities at Warriors and Giants games, Gay Pride events, Bill Clinton's 1997 inaugural parade, and all six Gay Games, including 2002 in Sydney, Australia. If you've always wanted to be catapulted into the air and land in your hulky teammates' arms, your chance is here. Cheer San Francisco is holding tryouts for the 2003-04 team. More important than experience is dedication, focus, athleticism, and coordination. It's no small commitment -- the year includes weekly practices in Emeryville and monthly performances, sometimes including far-flung travel. Cheer San Francisco welcomes all -- its current forty members cover the spectrum of age, race, gender, and sexual orientation (the team is one-third heterosexual, with eleven women). Three pre-tryout clinics will teach the basics, so start practicing for the East Bay clinic, July 15 at Head Over Heels Gym, 1250 45th Street, Emeryville (7-10 p.m.). or 415-995-2195. -- Annika Dukes

FRI 7/4

Parade 5K

Island derby

Run through the scenic avenues of Alameda and raise money for charity at the same time this Friday at 9:30 a.m., when the Alameda RACE (Ralph Appezzato Charity Event) , named after the late mayor, takes to the streets for a 5K run along the 4th of July parade route. To enter, raise at least $100 for local charities (details: 510-337-7037 or, then meet in front of the Bank of Alameda, 1416 Park St. Medals will be awarded to the top three men and top three women in four different age groups. And after the race, the 28th annual 4th of July parade steps off. -- Kelly Vance

FRI 7/4

Oh Say, Canoe See?

While all those thousands of people are jamming the freeways, honking their horns loudly, and scrambling for position to see fireworks on Friday night, a crafty group of canoeists will quietly slip their long thin boats into the waters of Arrowhead Marsh, off the Nimitz Freeway in Oakland where Hegenberger Road crosses San Leandro Creek. Then they'll paddle out along the Martin Luther King Shoreline and watch the Bay Area's various waterfront fireworks displays from a unique vantage point right on the bay. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? The Save the Bay-sponsored 4th of July Canoe Outing costs $25 for Save the Bay members, $30 for nonmembers. To register, go to or call 510-452-9261. -- Kelly Vance


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