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Winn_bobbleThe Giants come home Friday night to kick off a series with the Wild Card-leading Padres, and fans coming out for the pivotal series opener will definitely get their money’s worth. It’s Orange Friday, of course, and the lines should start forming at the gates quite early since it’s Randy Winn Bobblehead Night.

Luckily, those arriving early to queue up for bobbleheads can enjoy the annual Fiesta Gigante, featuring Latin music, food and crafts at Lefty O’Doul Plaza starting at 3:30 p.m.

It’s also the third and final Singles Night, where those with special tickets get to attend a pregame party and then sit in a specially designated seating area with an equal number of men and women. At an earlier game this year, the Giants honored a recently married couple who met at a Giants Singles Night a couple of years ago.

On Saturday, the first 5,000 kids will receive a Giants lunch pack, and pregame ceremonies will honor Roberto Clemente Award nominee Omar Vizquel and the Junior Giants Willie Mac Award winners. During the game, fans can make silent bids in the Sports Memorabilia Auction to benefit the Giants Community Fund with the live auction happening postgame atop the Giants dugout.

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The Giants will remember Sept. 11 on Sunday (since they’re off Monday) with a tripleheader of community service-oriented events. The annual Traffic Safety Festival takes place starting at 2 p.m. on Terry Francois Boulevard across the cove from AT&T Park. It’s a cool event that in the past has included fire engines, police cars, even a CHP helicopter, as well as the crash test dummies Vince and Larry and CHP mascot Chipper. The Giants will honor emergency service agencies and people working to keep the community safe in an on-field presentation.

It’s also the annual toy drive to help out the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program, so bring a toy or $5 and get a Matt Morris pin in thanks. What’s really nice is that the Toy Program is housed just one block south of the ballpark, and the firefighters bring toys to the Giants’ annual holiday party for families from homeless shelters.

By the way, if you haven’t heard, Sunday’s game time has been pushed back to 5:05 p.m. thanks to being picked as the ESPN Sunday Night Game.

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