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Saturday: Seventh “Bazaar Stock” music festival featuring local indie artists

This Saturday, the Bazaar Cafe will host Bazaar Stock, a festival of local musicians put on by promoter kc turner. kc has been organizing Bazaar Stock since 2009, and it’s a fun, free event that promotes local, independent musicians.

The festival runs from 10am until 10pm and is a cozy affair inside the Bazaar Cafe at 5927 California Street. Check out the full lineup on the event’s Facebook page.

Thanks to Elizabeth L. for the tip.

Sarah B.

5:12 am | Posted under Events, Live Music | Add comments

Local links: Mar’s water usage, Bib Gourmand winners, Mt Lake fish & more

The pipeline on the North Shore of Hawaii. Photo by Fred Larson

Here are some local links to take you into the weekend – have a great one!

  • While come California officials have increased their water consumption during the drought, our own Supervisor Eric Mar has proven to the biggest water conservationist, according to The Desert Sun. “The most miserly official in California was Eric Mar of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who lives in a condominium in the Inner Richmond district, part of the city’s fog belt. He used 45 gallons per day in 2013 — about enough to fill a bathtub.” We asked Mar’s office for water-saving tips from the Supe, but they declined to comment. Could it be that he’s spending even more time at his beloved YMCA jacuzzi?
  • Michelin recently announced the 2015 Bib Gourmand winners, their award for the best moderately-priced restaurants. Several Richmond District restaurants made the list: Chapeau!, Hong Kong Lounge II, Kappou Gomi, Sichuan Home, and Troya. [EaterSF]
  • Remember all those creepy, prehistoric-looking fish that the Presidio Trust was trying to evict from Mountain Lake? After three years of unsuccessful eradication, the Trust announced recently that they will be using rotenone in the lake to finish the job. Rotenone is a short-lived chemical that only kills animals with gills, e.g. the fish in Mountain Lake. Workers will apply 47 gallons of the product in a 5 percent solution in liquid form at Mountain Lake during a single day in mid-November. Expect the lake to be closed a couple of days prior to the treatment, and for up to three weeks afterwards.
  • Photojournalist Fred Larson will be at the Richmond District branch library (351 9th Avenue) on October 28 at 6:30pm to share work from his latest trip to Hawaii “where he hung out with the surfers”. Watch his latest slideshow and get tips from this seasoned photographer. Free admission.
  • Looking for a new ‘do? Check out Kinship Salon & Barber, a new salon that opened on the corner of Clement Street and 4th Avenue. We love what they did with the interior of the space, and so far Yelpers are big fans of the Aveda salon. Owner Ashley tells us, “We have really been enjoying meeting all the neighbors of this amazing neighborhood.” Word on the street is that it’s a family affair – Ashley is married to the owner of Blue Danube cafe.
  • Good news for riders of the Muni 31AX bus. Peter Lauterborn, aide to Supervisor Mar, sent out an email recently about some planned improvements. “The good news is that Muni is hiring around 40 new drivers a month. This should have an immediate improvement in service City wide. Second, in the Spring of 2015 Muni will embark on the first round of service increases around the City. Based on your testimony and our pushing, the MTA has agreed to change their plan and include a service bump for the 31AX.”
  • There’s a new “small” business on Clement called Wee Scotty. Team member Dana tells us “We’re a fashion school and retail store and we just moved in at 609 Clement. We offer sewing classes for all ages and skill levels and have been working on getting to know the community.”
12:05 pm | Posted under Classes, Eric Mar, Events, Food, Muni, Parks | 4 comments

Lafayette Carnival, Burke’s Fall Festival this Saturday

This Saturday, October 25, two elementary schools in the neighborhood will be holding their annual fall festival fundraisers.

4545 Anza Street
Enjoy a huge inflatable bouncer for the kids, different classes selling food (pizza, baked goods, hot dogs, ice cream, spam masubi, and more), old school carnival games, a dj doing music, and a cake walk. Admission is free but there are tickets that will be on sale to play the carnival games ($0.25 each or $5.00 for 25 tickets).

7070 California Street
Stop by for games, bouncy houses, shopping, a giant slide, festival treats, food trucks and much more. Admission is $5 per person and certain activities require tickets which can be purchased on-site. Note that dogs are not welcome at the festival and there is no parking along 32nd Avenue during the event.

2:02 pm | Posted under Events, Schools | Add comments

It’s a monster mash! 2014 Halloween events in the Richmond District

There’s no shortage of Halloween events in the neighborhood this year! So put on those costumes and get out there to grab your share of ghoulish fun. Happy Halloween to all!

YMCA HALLOWEEN PARTY – Friday, October 24 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Richmond District YMCA, 360 18th Avenue
The Richmond District YMCA will have bounce houses, healthier s’mores, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, a photo booth, and more. Admission is $5 per child 2 and over, chaperones and children under 2 are free.

SUPERNATURAL HALLOWEEN PARTY – Friday, October 24 | 5pm – 9pm
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park
Have yourself a ghoulishly great time trick-or-treating your way through the Academy at night, among spooky skulls and spine-tingling specimens. Trick-or-Treating, Dancing, Face Painting, Magic Shows, Scientists and Specimens, Live Animal Shows, Giant Pumpkin Carving, Crafts, a Photo Booth and more. Tickets start at $30 for children. More info

Clement Street Farmer’s Market (3rd Avenue & Clement)
Stop by the Clement Farmer’s Market on Sunday for the Kids Costume Parade. Meet at the musical acts section near 3rd & Clement for a singalong, then parade over to Toy Boat Dessert Cafe for free scoops of ice cream! Sponsored by the Clement St. Merchants Association.

12:30pm – 3pm | 741 30th Avenue
Children and families are invited to come in costume and explore the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with a Haunted Room, Dr Funnybone Laboratory, Ghosts and Globins Hangout, and Madame Katrinka, Fortune Teller. There’s also arts and crafts, costume contest, bake sales, games and prizes. Costume contest at 2:30pm.

Meet at the Velo Rouge Cage on Arguello near Fulton to bike to work with Supervisor Mar (costumes optional). More info and RSVP available on Facebook.

Look for the special Halloween stencils outside the stores of participating merchants. Then pop inside if you dare for a trick or a treat! Sponsored by the Clement St. Merchants Association.

22ND & CALIFORNIA HAUNTED HOUSE – October 31 | 6pm – 9pm
Don’t miss this neighborhood tradition when the basement of Appel & Dietrich market is transformed into a haunted house. Start your adventure with a slide ride that descends you into the depths of scary! This year’s theme is “The L.A.B.” so be prepared for some interesting experiments. Free admission, all ages welcome but be prepared for a long line!

HEARTBAKER HAUNTED HOUSE – October 31 | 6pm – 9pm
Enjoy holiday fun watching your little ones making their way down haunted hallway and discovering a witch preparing her magic potion in a boiling caldron! Of course the night is not complete without treats. Heartbaker will provide free treats and refreshments at the end. Find out more

Get a ticket to the spookiest show in the neighborhood. The Western Neighborhoods Project presents a special screening of Trina Lopez’ documentary “A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco’s Lost Cemeteries” along with short films and other surprises. Tickets are available online – $10 for general admission, $7.50 for seniors and children.

Stop by Anthem Screen Printing at 6138 Geary and get a special “Dia de Skeeter” screen print on a t-shirt (Skeeter is the store’s mascot). Bring libations, a costume, and friends! If you’d like to print your own shirt make sure to bring one or you can purchase a blank for $10. They will have a few Anthem designs on the press and a special design chosen by Facebook followers from their Dia De Skeeter album. RSVP on Facebook

4:54 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 5 comments

Annual “Old Car Picnic” event returns to Golden Gate Park this Saturday

Back in April, we reported on the demise of Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic, a 25+ year tradition in Golden Gate Park that decided to call it quits after escalating permit fees and frustrating dealings with SF Rec & Park.

Now, two fans of the car show have decided to revive the tradition. The event has been renamed “Old Car Picnic” and will feature the same attractions as past shows, namely a wide variety of vintage vehicles from pre-1987.

Old Car Picnic will be held at Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadow) on Saturday, October 18 from 7am until 4pm. Vintage car, truck and motorcycle owners can display their vehicle simply by driving into the venue in the morning and paying the entry fee (Cars & trucks $40, motorcycles $20). Note: no vehicles larger than 3/4 ton pickup.

And for the first time ever, the Old Car Picnic also invites vintage bicycle owners to display. The entry fee for bikes is $10.

Proceeds from the event go towards two organizations that benefit developmentally disabled children – Pomeroy Center and Potrero Hill House.

We spoke with one of the organizers, Eric Johnson, via email about his relationship to past picnics.

“Our group mainly consists of former picnic organizers and workers, some from recent years and some whose involvement goes back to the 90’s. We do intend for the event to continue on an annual basis,” Eric said.

Eric said the permit fees for this year’s Old Car Picnic “are pretty much the same as last year”, and that Rec & Park “made it clear that they didn’t want a brand new event in the park, they would allow it only if it was a continuation of the existing event, so we aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel here.”

Jamie O’Keefe, daughter of the Jimmy O’Keefe who managed the original event, told us, “Though I’m not directly involved in organizing, I’ve been helping this new crew with their questions.”

Jamie is fully supportive of the event and is happy to see the tradition being continued by its fans.

Admission to Old Car Picnic to view the cars, trucks and bikes on display is completely free, so bring your friends and family out to this great tradition in Golden Gate Park. And don’t forget to pack a picnic!

Sarah B.

5:02 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 8 comments

Local links: New veggie cafe, free Academy days, Mt. Lake update & more

“Sweet Soul Dream” by Thomas Hawk

  • A new healthy cafe is coming to the neighborhood called Nourish Cafe, according to EaterSF. The cafe will feature fresh juices and smoothies, big salads, sandwiches, soups, healthy baked goods and more. The cafe, which includes the blog’s Sarah B. as a co-owner, is currently running a Kickstarter campaign if you want to learn more or lend your support.
  • This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 17-19), the California Academy of Sciences is offering free admission to residents of the 94118 and 94121 codes. Each visiting adult is limited to six children for free entry, and each adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. See the San Francisco Neighborhood Free Weekends info on the calacademy.org website for more information. And if you want to go free in 2015, mark March 13, 14, 15 on the calendar.
  • Interested in the state of Mountain Lake? Then don’t miss the Invasive Fish Eradication and Future Restoration Plans public meeting on Thursday, October 16 at 6:30pm at The Observation Post (211 Lincoln Boulevard in the Presidio, near the Transit Center). Learn about upcoming plans for Mountain Lake. Presidio Trust staff will discuss the installation of an aeration system, plans for eradication of remaining invasive fish, planting Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV), reintroduction of native plant and animal species, and restoration of the East Arm as a wetland. Following the presentation, a panel of staff, project partners, and issue experts will answer questions.
  • Remember the change to city code that shifted the responsibility for the care of street trees onto the adjacent homeowners? A couple of supervisors now say it’s unworkable and unsafe, and they’re working to overturn the original decision.
  • The Richmond District Neighborhood Center has a new grocery delivery program for seniors and they’re looking for qualified candidates. If you know a Richmond District senior in need of the program as well as volunteers who are interested in helping out a neighbor, please contact Sarah Huck at sarah@rvbeacon.org or call (415) 750-8554.
  • The Internet Archive is hosting their annual celebration on October 28 from 6pm to 9pm. Stop by their headquarters at Funston and Clement to learn more about what they do, listen to audio, play video games from the 1980’s, check out new tools they’ve created to organize their archives and make them accessible, and enjoy some food, wine and presentations. It’s a free event but RSVP’s are appreciated.
5:02 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Museums | 6 comments

It was burgers, pizza and ice cream at the 2014 LEAP Sandcastle Contest

The winning sand sculpture from Rooftop Elementary School

The 2014 LEAP Sandcastle Contest took place on Ocean Beach last Saturday. The contest pairs elementary school classes with professional contractors, engineers and architects to design a sandcastle that gets built on the day of the event.

The theme this year was “Food, Glorious Food” and after touring the sand sculptures, it was clear what’s on the mind of hungry kids – pizza, hamburgers, candy and ice cream. Not to mention sculptures of a few porky pigs meeting their demise.

Rooftop Elementary School took top honors this year for their Candyland sand sculpture. We also liked the “Food Map of San Francisco” by Skyline Elementary of Daly City which showcased the known foods of different city neighborhoods such as pizza for North Beach, a taco for the Mission, and sushi for Japantown.

Congratulations to all the schools and businesses that participated – it was another great year!

Sarah B.

The model created for Rooftop’s Candyland sculpture

A “hot dog” along with ketchup and mustard dispensers

Some hungry hippos

5:12 am | Posted under Events, Ocean Beach, Photos | 1 comment

LEAP’s 31st annual sandcastle contest at Ocean Beach this Saturday

The 2013 best in show gold sculpture by The Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila

This Saturday, October 11, LEAP will host their annual sandcastle contest at Ocean Beach. Every year, professional architects, contractors and designers collaborate with teams of middle school students for the contest to raise money for LEAP’s art education programs. Last year the event raised $250,000.

This year’s theme is “Food, Glorious Food”. Before the event, teams meet with students in the classroom to develop ideas based on a set theme. Plans are finalized, clay models are shaped, team structure and schedules are defined, and tasks are assigned, all in preparation for the big day. On the morning of the event, the teams and students arrive and await the whistle that signals the start of the contest. As soon as it sounds, four hours of intensive building begin.

The contest begins at 10:30am, and the public is encouraged to come out and view the final sandcastle creations around 2:30pm, when judging begins and the beach is covered with sculptures. View photos from 2013

Good luck to all the participating teams! We can’t wait to see what you create this year.

Sarah B.

The sculpture and winning signage from George Peabody Elementary School

4:23 am | Posted under Events, Ocean Beach | 2 comments