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Annual Lighting and Celebration at Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Each November, thousands of visitors gather to witness the annual lighting of the original first-order Fresnel lens at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and to celebrate the anniversary of the first lighting more than 130 years ago. The annual celebration, instituted by Hostelling International more than a decade ago, has become so popular that the California State Parks department now acts as master of ceremonies by inviting the U.S. Coast Guard to switch the lights, and local community and environmental organizations participate as well.

San Francisco's Union Square welcomes largest urban shopping center west of the Mississippi

San Francisco's Union Square, already a world-renowned shopping mecca, is celebrating the grand opening of the newly expanded Westfield San Francisco Centre. Check out the latest trends and hippest fashions dominating mainstream America at the largest urban shopping center west of the Mississippi.