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The 2008 film festival season kicks off in San Francisco

Though San Francisco winters are relatively mild, sightseeing can sometimes be a bit daunting when the weather occasionally turns grey and the city streets are crowded with bustling umbrellas. However, a rainy day can make the perfect excuse for hiding out in a warm movie theater, and San Francisco is a city bursting with options for film buffs, especially for adventurous ones.

Take a free Salmon Spawning Tour in Redwood National Park

The fish are here, the water conditions are great, and it won't last long! Save the Redwoods League, Redwood National and State Parks, and the North Coast Redwood Interpretive Association are offering free, guided trips to view the annual migration and spectacle of spawning salmon, on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of January.

2008 is the "Endangered Species Big Year" in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Stretching from Point Reyes National Seashore, south through the Marin Headlands and parts of San Francisco, to San Mateo County on the Bay Area Peninsula, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) contains more endangered species that any other national park in continental North America.

Call for Hostel Adventure Programs Committee Members

Have you already broken most of the New Year's resolutions you made just a couple of weeks ago? Have you only gone to the gym once (despite the hefty sign-up fee you paid) or already broken out the pack of smokes (even with the expensive patch system sitting on your dresser)? Well, if your list of resolutions included volunteering in the community, expanding your network of friends and contacts, and making a positive impact at both the local and international level, Hostelling International may still be able to help you keep some of the promises you made to yourself for 2008.