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Aug-7-2013

“The Life and Times of Charles Manson” author at Green Apple, August 16

Charles Manson is one of the most bizarre and notorious murderers of the 20th century, convicted of conspiracy to commit the murders of Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in 1969. He’s serving a life sentence in Corcoran State Prison and to this day, still makes the news on occasion when his parole hearings come up.

On Friday, August 16th at 7pm, author Jeff Guinn will be at Green Apple Books to talk about his new biography, “Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson”. His book is being called “the most authoritative account ever written of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and horrify us today.”

For his book, which details Manson’s development from childhood and through the murder trial, Guinn talked to Manson’s sister and first cousin, as well as Manson “Family” members Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, who are also serving life sentences for their parts in the murders.

A recent New York Times book review was positive, saying that despite Manson’s crime happening 40 years ago, “Mr. Guinn is fascinating in his use of hindsight, and it allows him a more probing view of his subject than earlier biographers had.”

The free event takes place at Green Apple Books (506 Clement) on Friday, August 16th at 7pm.

Sarah B.

11:10 am | Posted under Crime, Events | Comments Off
Aug-5-2013

2013 Neighbor’s Guide to Outside Lands music festival in Golden Gate Park


fun. performing at Outside Lands 2012

It’s year six for the Outside Lands Music Festival, and this time they’re rolling out the red carpet to welcome Sir Paul McCartney to the foggy stages of Golden Gate Park. Other headliners include Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kaskade, Vampire Weekend, Willie Nelson, The National, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (view the full lineup).

If you live near the park and will be welcoming people to the neighborhood each day, here are some tips to help you negotiate the crowds and traffic – and give the best advice to the 65,000 concertgoers that will be visiting the festival every day this weekend.

WHEN & WHERE
The festival runs for three days, beginning Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11. Venues in Golden Gate Park include the Polo Fields (main stage), Hellman Hollow, Marx Meadow and Lindley Meadow. On all three days, gates open at 11am, music begins at 12noon, and music ends at 10pm (9:40pm on Sunday). The festival is officially sold out for all three days.

Entrances into the festival are near 30th Avenue and Fulton on the north side of the park, and near 36th Avenue and Lincoln Way on the south side of the park.

NO TICKET? NO PROBLEM.
You can still listen in to some of the performances live on the Outside Lands channel in the free TuneIn app. Don’t expect to hear the major headliners, but some of the smaller bands on the side stages will be streamed.

You can also watch two channels of live video streaming here.

Still wish you had tickets? Clement Street’s Seedstore Clothing is giving away a pair of 3 day passes to Outside Lands. The deadline to enter is this Wednesday at 7pm. Seedstore and their Clement Street neighbor Park Life will have a booth together at the festival, representin’ our ‘hood :)

TRAFFIC CLOSURES
During the festival, the venues and roads around them are closed to the general public and all car traffic thanks to cyclone fencing which has already started going up. If you want to get through or around the park this weekend, plan on using 19th Avenue, Stanyan, or the Great Highway.

Here’s a map of the entrances to the park that will be closed to car traffic during the festival:

Marx Meadow will reopen to the public on Monday, Aug 12 at 8am; Lindley Meadow will open back up to the public on Tuesday, Aug 13 at 8pm; Hellman Hollow will open to the public on Wednesday, Aug 14 at 8am; the Polo Fields will reopen to the public Thursday, Aug 17 at 8pm.

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION
There is no official car parking for the Outside Lands Festival, so expect parking to be really tight in the outer Richmond this weekend. Concertgoers will also be arriving by festival shuttle, by foot, MUNI, taxi, or bike. The festival offers free valet bike parking beginning at 10am every day (if you drop off between 10am and 8pm, you get a free bike wash!).

Again this year, schools in the neighborhood will open up their lots and raise money by charging for parking. Below is the list of school lots that will be open:

1) Argonne Elementary – 680 18th Avenue @ Cabrillo Street
Hours: Friday – 4pm-11pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-11pm
$30

2) Lafayette Elementary – 4545 Anza Street @ 36th Avenue
Hours: 10am-11pm, all 3 Days
$40

3) Presidio Middle School – 450 30th Avenue @ Geary Blvd.
Hours: 10:30am-10:30pm, all 3 Days
$25

4) Washington High School- 600 32nd Avenue @ Anza Street
Hours: Friday – 5pm-11pm, Saturday & Sunday – 11am-11pm
$30

5) Jefferson Elementary – 1725 Irving Street @ 19th Avenue (SUNSET DISTRICT)
Hours: Friday & Saturday – 10am-10:30pm, Sunday 10am-10:15pm
$25

COMPLAINTS? QUESTIONS? BLOCKED DRIVEWAY?
The festival has set up a community hotline again this year to take calls from neighbors – 415-750-3842. It is open from 10am until 11pm on all three days.

In addition to hotline staff, the city will add 2 dedicated tow trucks and 1 Parking Control Officer on each side of the Park to quickly respond to any blocked driveways or any other parking issues related to the Festival. You can also call SFMTA Parking Enforcement at 553-1237 if you need to have a car towed.

Want to really get your point across about your driveway? Stop by McLaren Lodge at 501 Stanyan Street through Friday afternoon to pick up a printed signs alerting attendees to not block your driveway.

HELPFUL PAGES ON THE OUTSIDE LANDS WEBSITE
Information for festival neighbors
Transportation options for getting to Golden Gate Park
Festival Schedule
Festival Map (PDF)

We hope everyone has a safe and fun time this weekend!

Sarah B.


Stevie Wonder performing at Outside Lands 2012


Skrillex performing at Outside Lands 2012

9:03 pm | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Live Music | 64 comments
Jul-31-2013

Ahoy mateys! Cabrillo Playground re-opening celebration is this Saturday


Photo by Friends of Cabrillo Playground

Cabrillo Playground has been closed since last September for remodeling, but this Saturday, it will re-open to the public with a grand celebration.

Stop by on Saturday from 12noon until 3pm to check out the renovated playground, located on 38th Avenue between Cabrillo and Fulton. The theme for the celebration is pirates, so dig out that shoulder parrot and wooden leg, and brush up on your pirate-speak.

The $4.5 million Cabrillo Playground project includes the renovation of the historic clubhouse – originally built in 1945 as a New Deal project – as well as a complete overhaul of the children’s play area, creating separate play areas for pre-school and school age children.

All of the sports courts – 1 tennis court and 1 1/2 basketball courts – have also been resurfaced in colorful materials.

Work was also done to the picnic area, paths were repaved, new lighting has been added, accessibility improved and new landscaping installed.

The seating walls in the new playground also feature donor recognition tiles, which the Friends of Cabrillo Playground spearheaded as a way to raise additional funds for the renovations.

Some of the funds went to purchase a Henge concrete ping pong table. At Saturday’s celebration, they’ll be hosting a Berlin-style ping pong demonstration.

Rec & Park will also have a climbing wall on site for the celebration along with other planned activities for kids, plus there will be live music and food.

It’s great to have another renovated playground in the neighborhood! Next up is Mountain Lake Park Playground, which is due for a $3.15 million renovation beginning in March 2015.

Sarah B.

10:18 am | Posted under Events, Kids, Recreation | 3 comments
Jul-23-2013

Get ready for Jog in the Fog with Bright1Fitness training runs, every Wed night

Our Richmond District Jog in the Fog 5k fun run is coming up on September 8. And whether a 5k is a cake walk for you, or you’ve never run one before, Bright1Fitness, a race sponsor, can help get you ready with training runs every Wednesday night leading up to the race.

The group meets just inside the 14th Avenue Presidio gate on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm (directions).

The runs are led by Bright1Fitness owner and RRCA Certified Running Coach Brighton Miller, who welcomes all levels to the Wednesday night runs.

“Whether you’re running your very first 5k, or just need to blow the dust off your running shoes, come out and join us on Wednesday nights. You might meet some nice neighbors too!” Miller said.

Your first training run is free, thereafter you can buy a discount package or pay a $10 drop-in fee every week.

And in related news, Bright1Fitness is a finalist for the Red Tricycle “Most Awesome Mom Fitness Programs”. Vote here to help them win!

We’ll see you out there!

Sarah B.

5:30 am | Posted under Events | 1 comment
Jul-22-2013

Free Health and Wellness Fair at the RDNC, July 25

This Thursday from 10am until 1pm, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center is hosting their first Health and Wellness Fair.

The event is organized by the students of the summer Junior Nurses Program, a RDNC program designed to give high school students an idea of what to expect in nursing school.

The fair will offer free information on stroke, seizure, heart attack, and diabetes, and will also feature booths from the Institute of Aging and the Richmond Village Beacon.

Junior Nurses Program organizer Abigail Pejoro tells us, “the high school students are doing the health fair to utilize what they’ve learned in the program in a healthcare setting – the community. Students will showcase what we’ve taught them by doing various health teachings and assessments. It will be supervised by student nurses and registered nurses to ensure that the students are providing accurate information and doing assessments properly. We will also answer any questions that the high school students may not be able to answer.”

The fair takes place this Thursday from 10am until 1pm at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, 741 30th Avenue between Balboa and Cabrillo.

Sarah B.

3:10 pm | Posted under Events, Health | Comments Off
Jul-17-2013

Presenting the Richmond District Jog in the Fog 5k fun run – sign up today!

We’re super excited to present our latest community project / event – the Richmond District Jog in the Fog 5k family fun run, taking place on Sunday, September 8.

This event is ALL about the Richmond District. The course runs through the Richmond District, local businesses are sponsoring it, and proceeds from the race benefit a neighborhood charity, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC).

Heck, we even had a neighborhood artist, Andy George, design the race logo!

This is a great chance to come out and enjoy a fun run through our beautiful neighborhood with your fellow neighbors and support the RDNC, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost resources, support, and activities to children, teens, adults and seniors in the neighborhood.

Get all the details about Jog in the Fog and register on the event website at joginthefog.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates leading up to the race.

Special thanks to our local sponsors for their support of the event and the RDNC: San Francisco Toyota, Busvan, Green Apple Books, Angelina’s Cafe & Deli, SanFranPsycho, the Clement Street Merchants Association, Sparky’s Balloons, Bright1Fitness and Thidwick Books.

SIGN UP TODAY to reserve your spot in the race (cool t-shirt and flashy race number included!).

We can’t wait to see you out there!

Sarah B.

5:15 am | Posted under Events | 13 comments
Jul-9-2013

Help clean up Ocean Beach + taste Ben & Jerry’s new SF flavor this Saturday


Photo by jmanhughes

This Saturday from 9am until 12noon, Ben & Jerry’s is sponsoring an Ocean Beach volunteer cleanup. Come lend a hand at the beach to pick up trash, remove graffiti and do some light landscaping.

As thanks for their hard work, the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck will be on scene to give volunteers free scoops of their new City Churned ice cream, ice cream flavors as voted by local residents. The company held a contest and the winning ingredients for San Francisco are: Cookie Dough, Kika’s Treats, Caramel, TCHO Chocolate, Marshmallows, Fair Trade Coffee and Fairtrade Vanilla. So very SF, right? :)

Volunteers of all ages are welcome at the event. To participate, meet at Ocean Beach, Stairwell 21, located just south of the Beach Chalet Restaurant. The closest intersection is Lincoln Way and the Great Highway.

For more information, visit the event page.

Sarah B.

4:56 pm | Posted under Events, Ocean Beach, Volunteer | 4 comments
Jul-5-2013

Want to work at Outside Lands? Find out how at their July 13 Job Fair for locals

The Outside Lands Music Festival is returning for its fifth year this August 9-11 in Golden Gate Park. The 2013 lineup includes Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The National, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and many more.

And while most people go to the festival to rock out, some are there to earn a living. Festival organizers have always claimed to want to help the local neighborhoods in which the festival takes place – the Richmond and Sunset Districts – and this year, they’re making good on their promise with a job fair for residents.

The event takes place on Saturday, July 13 at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park from 10am until 3pm. The festival is hiring for three types of positions:

Applicants from all over the city are welcome to apply, but special consideration will be given to residents in the Richmond District and Sunset District.

Sarah B.

5:14 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 3 comments
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