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New exhibition features early nineteenth-century blue-and-white transferware with scenes of India, the Middle East, and China Blue-and-white transferware reached its peak in production and popularity in the first half of the nineteenth century. Staffordshire potters in central England first developed a successful method for transferring designs onto wares using hand-engraved copperplates as early as the mid-eighteenth century. Designs on wares often featured exotic, distant lands such as India, the Middle East, and China. A number of superbly illustrated books made by European travelers and...
Please be advised that, starting the weekend of July 30 and 31, BART will be performing track safety maintenance between Glen Park and Daly City stations. There will be no direct BART service to or from SFO from San Francisco or the East Bay on the following dates: • July 30 & 31 • August 13 & 14 • August 20 & 21 • September 3, 4 & 5 (Labor Day Weekend) • September 17 & 18 • October 1 & 2 • October 15 & 16 SamTrans will provide a free express shuttle bus between Daly City and Glen Park stations on these days, and passengers should add 1 hour to their trip. Trains...
Featured Aircraft for July 2016: The Boeing 777 The Boeing 777 is a family of long-range, wide-body twin-engine jet airliners developed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It is the world's largest twinjet and has a typical seating capacity for 314 to 550 passengers, with a range of 5,200 to 9,500 nautical miles. Commonly referred to as the "Triple Seven", its distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear, fully circular fuselage cross-section, and a blade-shaped tail cone. It was the first commercial...
The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) and SFO are preparing for the opening of the new control tower in October by expanding their response expertise to include High Angle Training. High Angle Training is a variety of rope rescue technique used to aid persons on a steep or vertical terrain. Because of the structural design of the new control tower – with its pronounced height and a top that bows outward – unique challenges arise in the event that a rescue becomes necessary. These challenges extend to the workers in and around the tower – such as air traffic controllers inside, or window...
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed to allow airline employees who are travelling for business or pleasure to use the lower level Employee/Vendor Screening Checkpoint. This exception applies to airline employees only, and does not include spouses, children, dependents or any other individuals. Please note that for travel occurring after a work shift, anyone outside of the Sterile Area must be screened through a security checkpoint. For questions, please contact the Security Access Office (SAO) – 415-821-5200
The plant of the month for July is the Fernleaf Catalina Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius) . Considered a type of tree, Catalina Ironwood typically grows up to 30 feet tall with a 15 foot spread and peeling reddish gray or brown bark. Fernleaf Catalina Ironwood is endemic to the Channel Islands of California and grows in the type of rocky chaparral plant communities that dominate much of coastal California. This environment is characterized by rocky soils, wind, drought and periodic fires. Fernleaf Catalina Ironwood is rare in the wild but recent interest in tough,...

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