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Sunday Streets, expanded Farmer’s Market comes to Clement Street – Oct. 27

This Sunday is like prom night for Clement Street with two big events taking place – Sunday Streets and a one-time-only expanded Farmer’s Market.

Sunday Streets is a city-wide program that moves from neighborhood to neighborhood, closing off streets to traffic to allow residents to walk, ride and generally frolic along the route. To date, the closest one to our neighborhood has been along the Great Highway.

This week’s Sunday Streets will include the closure of nearly two miles of the Richmond District, running from Fulton down Arguello to Clement Street, and from the first block of Clement Street all the way out to Funston Avenue.

Along the Sunday Streets route, you’ll find merchants, live music and neighborhood organizations offering fun activities. The Clement Street Merchants are hosting a Halloween costume parade (meet at The Mysterious Rack, 12 Clement Street at 2pm), and the Richmond District YMCA will be out all day offering parachute games and an obstacle course, and will also host 10 minute Zumba classes between 12 to 2pm.

Sports Basement will be setting up on Arguello to do free minor bike repairs, and if you don’t have a bike, Parkwide will be at Arguello and McAllister offering free bike rentals for one hour. Also be on the lookout for Balboa Street’s Purusha Yoga, bike riding demos at SanFranCyclo, and salsa lessons from Neck of the Woods.

Pets are welcome along the Sunday Streets route but not in the Clement Street Farmer’s Market (Clement Street from Arguello to 5th Avenue).

Check the Sunday Streets schedule for the full list of activities & their locations.

Accompanying the special Sunday Streets will be an expanded Clement Street Farmer’s Market, which will run from Arguello all the way to 5th Avenue from 9am until 2pm. So bring extra reusable bags because there will be a lot more vendors to shop, which means more great produce, organic goodness, baked treats and more.

The Sunday Streets route will be closed to traffic from 11am until 4pm but also to any parking along the route. Cars that are parked along the route (both sides of the street) will be towed if not moved prior to 7am on Sunday morning. Tow areas include:

  • Clement Street from Arguello Boulevard to Funston Avenue
  • Arguello Boulevard from Fulton Street to Clement Street
  • 3rd Avenue (first three spaces north and south of Clement on the east side)

If you have questions about the event or need to arrange vehicle access during the event times, contact sundaystreets@liveablecity.org or (415) 344-0489 x2.

If you have to drive to Sunday Streets (or want to invite friends from other neighborhoods to come visit!), Roosevelt Middle School will provide parking for $5 per car. They will have their schoolyard available for parking from 8:30am – 3:30pm; enter on Palm Avenue between Euclid and Geary. Note: They open their lot every Sunday for parking during the Farmer’s Market.

Enjoy your streets this Sunday!

Sarah B.

4:45 am | Posted under Events | 9 comments

Trick or treat? 2013 Halloween events in the Richmond District

The haunted night is nearly upon us, and there’s no shortage of spooky events taking place in the neighborhood. Have a safe, fun and ghoulish Halloween!

Alamo School’s Halloween Carnival | October 25, 2pm – 4:30pm
250 23rd Avenue
Enjoy food, games and prizes at the 33rd annual Alamo festival. Costume parade starts a little earlier at 1:40pm. The event is open to Alamo families, friends and neighbors.

Richmond District YMCA Superhero Halloween Festival | October 25, 5:30pm – 8pm
360 18th Avenue
Bounce Houses, Games, Pumpkin Carving & Decorating, S’mores, Photo Booth, Art Activities, and much more. Cost is $5 per child 2 and over, children under 2 and adults are free, and $5 per pumpkin (optional).

Scary Story Night at the Bazaar Cafe | October 26, 7pm
5927 California Street
For many years radio journalist/playwright Peter Finch and his wife Alice hosted a Scary Story Party at their San Francisco home. In 2011 they brought it to the Bazaar Cafe. Everyone is invited to show up and share a story, song, or performance piece, as long as it is original, and it’s not too long (3-10 minutes). Costumes are optional. All are welcome, even if they don’t bring a story.

A Monster Bash @ Caffe del Sole | October 26, 5pm – 11pm
4342 California Street
Stop by the caffe to celebrate Halloween with a creepy chic theme. Birra and sangria all night long, live music from 5-7pm, and grooves from DJ Moreno from 7pm – 11pm. Costume optional and NO COVER CHARGE– just support the caffe and the musicians.

Anthem Halloween Printing Party | October 26, 8pm – 12midnight
6138 Geary Blvd
That brisk fall night of ghouls and booze is upon us, and we here at Anthem have to tell you – you’re too old to trick-or-treat. So come down to the shop for a Halloween Print Party – sponsored by Legit Lager. All ages and valid ID for drinks. Bring your own shirts to print, or buy a blank for $5 at the party.

Kid’s Costume Party at Sunday Streets | October 27, 2pm
Meet up at The Mysterious Rack (12 Clement Street) for a Halloween Edition of the popular Children’s Music Hour with “Dimestore Dandy”. Then, we’ll depart around 3pm to parade over to Toy Boat, where participating kids (tickets will be handed out at the sing-a-long) will enjoy a delicious scoop on the house!

The Many Haunts of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center | October 27, 12-3pm
741 30th Avenue
A free Halloween event at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center for families featuring a haunted house, costume contest, games, arts & crafts, tricks and treats, and a bake sale.

Old Timey Halloween Horrors Double Feature @ the Balboa Theater | October 29 & 30
3630 Balboa Street
Grab a seat for a spooky double feature! On Tuesday, 10/29 watch Nosferatu & The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, or catch Golem & Bob Wilkins’ Creature Features on Wednesday night. The spookiness begins at 7:30pm each night, and tickets are $10 per person (purchase online or at the Balboa box office).



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 time travel, so be on the lookout for ghouls from past, present and future. Free admission, all ages welcome.

Clement Street Trick or Treating| 2pm – 6pm
Stroll Clement Street between between Arguello and Park Presidio and spot the signs on the sidewalk for merchants with treats! Sponsored by the Clement Street Merchants Association.

“Trunk or Treat” at Zion Lutheran School | 6pm -7:30pm
495 9th Avenue
Zion families will park their cars in the school parking lot and fill their trunks with candy for kids to enjoy! Free and open to the public.

Heartbaker’s Haunted House | 6pm – 8pm
Heartbaker, 1408 Clement
Enjoy holiday fun watching your little ones making their way down haunted hallway and discovering a witch preparing her magic potion in a boiling cauldren! Of course the night is not complete without treats. Heartbaker will provide free treats and refreshments at the end.

5:10 am | Posted under Events, Kids | 6 comments

Free admission to Academy of Sciences for 94118 + 94121, Oct. 18-20

Photo by Zhanna Zebello

This Friday through Sunday, residents of the Richmond District (zip codes 94118 & 94121) can enjoy free admission to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

This is a great chance to explore all the fun stuff that the Academy has under its roof including an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum.

Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency, which includes any of the following:

– A driver license or state ID card
– Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date
– Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)

Note that each visiting adult is limited to six children for free entry.

Mark your calendars – the next free admission days for our zip codes are March 14, 15 & 16, 2014.

Sarah B.

5:06 am | Posted under Events, Free stuff, Golden Gate Park | 3 comments

Open Studios with Richmond District artists, October 19 & 20

Beach Bus Stop by Barbara Landis

This weekend is the Richmond District edition of SF Open Studios!

The month long SF Open Studios event moves from neighborhood to neighborhood each weekend, and gives San Franciscans a chance to discover local artists as they open up their studios and invite people in to view their work, and their workspace.

The art on exhibit runs the gamut from challenging installation work, painting and photography to furniture, glass, wearable art, fiber arts, ceramics, mixed media, drawing and more.

From 11am to 6pm on Saturday or Sunday, stop in any of the artists’ studios below to check out their work:

Jay Mercado – 4754 California Street @ 10th Avenue (group show)
Ariel Gold – 183 21st Avenue @ California
Fong Fai – 239 12th Avenue @ Clement
Marilyn Luzzio Bridon – 345 8th Avenue @ Clement
Deirdre Weinberg – 345 8th Avenue @ Clement
Elizabeth Fracchia – 497 8th Avenue @ Anza
Arne Jin An Wong – 425 2nd Avenue @ Geary
David Yapp – 3024 Fulton Street, #9 @ 6th Avenue
Nea Bisek – 7915 Geary Boulevard @ 43rd Avenue

Pillow by Jay Mercado

Rachel Murray Meyer – Table Asia Gallery, 1101 Lake Street @ 12th Avenue
Barbara Landis – 689 37th Avenue @ Balboa
Colleen Mullins – 616 3rd Avenue @ Balboa

Mariella Zevallos – 345 8th Avenue @ Clement
Rowley Rabbit – 1428 Lake Street @ 15th Avenue
Shirley Smith – 207 20th Avenue @ California

Larry Lurie (Sculpture) – 21 21st Avenue @ Lake
Jody McMillan (Printmaking) – 59 6th Avenue @ Lake
Melissa Shanley (Fiber) – 773 15th Avenue @ Fulton
Nšel Chun (Ceramics) – 1332 Anza Street @ 4th Avenue

This weekend’s neighborhoods also include Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Hayes Valley, Haight, Buena Vista, and the Sunset. Find out more on the ArtSpan website.

Sarah B.

View Open Studios 2013 Richmond District (Oct. 13 & 14) in a full screen map

Sutro Baths 2010 by Colleen Mullins

Baker Beach Sunset by David Yapp

Challenging the boundaries – mask series #2 by Mariella Zevallos

4:49 am | Posted under Art, Events | 4 comments

Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic in Golden Gate Park celebrates 25 years, October 19

Photo by Den Dowling

This Saturday is the 25th annual Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic in Golden Gate Park, featuring vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all types.

Jimmy’s Annual Old Car Picnic started in 1988 when classic car-loving friends got together in Golden Gate Park to celebrate Jimmy O’Keefe’s brithday. It has since grown into the largest and longest running show of its kind in San Francisco.

The event takes place in Speedway Meadow (Hellman Hollow) in Golden Gate Park from 7am until 4pm. Anyone can display their vintage car, as long as it’s from 1987 or earlier. The cost to display is $40 per vehicle, with proceeds benefiting The Janet Pomeroy Center and The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House.

Attending the picnic and viewing the cars is free and fun – you’ll see a wide variety of vintage cars that range from Model T’s to souped up hot rods, and crazy motorcycles.

View more photos from Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic 2012

Sarah B.

Photo by Veronica T V-M

Photo by Den Dowling

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Public meeting about SFPUC’s “Baker Beach Green Street” project, Oct. 17

A rendering of Baker Beach Green Street improvements on El Camino del Mar
between the Lands End trailhead and the Legion of Honor

On Thursday, October 17, the SFPUC is hosting a public meeting about their upcoming Baker Beach Green Street project, designed to manage stormwater and improve water quality at Baker Beach.

The project is focused on enhancements in two corridors: El Camino Del Mar between the Legion of Honor and the Lands End Trailhead, and on Sea Cliff Avenue between 25th and 26th Avenues.

From the project website:

During heavy rains, stormwater can overwhelm the City’s combined sewer system and contribute to neighborhood flooding and discharges into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Rain gardens, permeable paving, and other green infrastructure technologies are stormwater management technologies that take advantage of the natural processes of soils and plants to slow down and divert stormwater runoff so it does not overwhelm the sewer system. Green infrastructure also cleans stormwater onsite before it enters our sewer system.

The Baker Beach Green Street is one of eight green infrastructure projects the SFPUC is planning to build throughout the City in the next few years. These projects are part of the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a multi-billion dollar citywide investment to upgrade our aging sewer infrastructure now and for generations to come.

The project’s goals are to improve water quality at Baker Beach and China Beach and reduce localized flooding by integrating rain gardens into existing parkland and neighborhood, and introducing permeable concrete to reduce stormwater runoff.

The October 17 Community Open House will be the first community gathering about the project, which is in planning mode until next summer. Designs will be finalized from Summer 2014 to Spring 2015, with construction kicking off in summer 2015 and lasting until Summer 2016.

The meeting will take place from 6:30pm until 8pm at Katherine Delmar Burke School, 7070 California near 32nd Avenue.

Thanks to reader Amy for the tip.

Sarah B.

5:01 am | Posted under Events, Green | 9 comments

POSTPONED: LEAP annual Sandcastle Contest on Ocean Beach, October 12

The “Awesome Fireblasting Dragon” that won Best of Show for Creative Arts Charter School in 2011

UPDATE: We had previously posted that the LEAP Sandcastle Contest would take place this Saturday on Ocean Beach. However we have been informed that the event has been postponed because of the partial government shutdown (Ocean Beach is part of the GGNRA which is National Park Service). The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2013.


This Saturday is the LEAP 30th Annual Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach. Each year, LEAP teams up architects, designers, contractors, corporations, engineers and local elementary school students for the contest.

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 Saturday morning, the teams and students will arrive and await the whistle that signals the start of the contest at 10am. From there, four hours of intensive building begins and results in over two dozen creatures and structures all made from sand.

This year’s theme is “Masterpieces in Sand”, and teams are encouraged to select a work of art from any period in history or art form (from cave paintings to Greek Tragedies to break dancing) as inspiration for their sand sculpture.

Last year’s event raised $250,000 for LEAP, which goes towards funding their programs that serve over 8,000 students in over 40 schools across the Bay Area with hands-on learning experiences in the arts.

The competition begins at 10:30am and finishes at 4:30pm. If you want to just see the finished product, we recommend arriving after 2pm.

Sarah B.

11:09 am | Posted under Events, Ocean Beach, Schools | 6 comments

Open house and tour of Arion Press inside 14th Ave gate, Saturday

Touring Arion Press. Photo by inarges

Many of you may not know that a printing press sits just inside the 14th Avenue gate to the Presidio. It’s called Arion Press and this Saturday, they’re hosting an open house event.

Arion Press, which is named after the legendary Greek poet who was saved from the sea by a dolphin, first opened on Franklin Street in 1961. It moved three times across the city since then and has been located in the Presidio at 1802 Hays Street since 2001.

Arion Press is small, employing about ten people as printers, bookbinders, editors, and in other publishing roles. Part of the team are the highly skilled and long-experienced typesetters of Mackenzie & Harris, the oldest and largest surviving typefoundry in America. They supply lead-alloy type to printers and schools around the country and provide typographic services in computer-generated composition.

Saturday’s Open House and sale runs from 11am until 5pm and includes a gallery display of Arion books, prints, broadsides, photographs and posters, including special sale items. RSVP on Facebook (optional)

Free tours of the typefoundry, press room, and bindery will be offered at 12noon and 3pm. Visitors on the tour can see how type is cast from hot metal in the foundry, watch pages being made up in the composition room and printed by letterpress, and learn how a book is bound by hand, from sewing to backing to casing in.

If you can’t make it to Saturday’s open house, Arion Press also offers tours on Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm that last approximately an hour and a half ($10 per person).

Sarah B.

The Arion Press building (yellow) inside the Presidio near Lake & 14th Avenue.

12:05 pm | Posted under Art, Events | 3 comments