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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

Local links: 5L, an art cave, Mysterious Rack opens, farmer’s mkt updates, Halloween hats, Sunday Streets & more

The Mysterious Rack’s second store at 12 Clement Street

Happy hump day Richmond District! Here are some local links to keep you humming.

  • A second location of the Mysterious Rack vintage clothing store is opening at 12 Clement Street this weekend (original location is at 3423 Balboa at 35th Ave). The store will host a grand opening party this Friday at 8pm, so stop in to check out their new digs. Both locations also offer alterations and tailoring services.
  • The new 5 Fulton Limited service pilot will begin at the end of October according to a recent progress report from the SFMTA (Sec. 2.2.2). The 5L would run during peak commute hours in the morning and evenings, Monday through Friday, and would make all stops from Ocean Beach to 6th Avenue, and then limited stops until from 6th Avenue until it reaches Van Ness Avenue. More info from a previous story.
  • Parking for the Clement St. Farmer’s Market just got a little easier, thanks to Roosevelt Middle School who will offer $5 parking in their school lot every Sunday from 8:30am until 3:30pm. Drive into the lot from Palm Ave. between Euclid and Geary, and you can access the farmer’s market on foot via the school’s Arguello gate. And for those of you wondering, the Farmer’s Market has been approved to continue every Sunday from 9am until 2pm until November 24, 2013 with a hearing for a further extension on October 24.
  • Need a great hat for your Halloween costume or looking for a great hat to BUILD your costume around? Check out the annual hat sale at Paul’s Hat Works at 6128 Geary, where you can pick up a vintage or costume hat for $1 – $80. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am until 6pm.
  • Got your dancing shoes on? Stop by Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church (417 31st Avenue) on the 3rd Friday of every month at 7pm for a family folk dance night. The fee is a sliding scale $5-$10 per family, and no experience is necessary. Dances are taught by an elementary school dance teacher.
  • Mark your calendars for our next Sunday Streets on October 27 which for the FIRST time will take place on Clement Street between Arguello and Funston (and on Arguello from Fulton to Clement; view map). Also during Sunday Streets, the Farmer’s Market will expand from 2 blocks to 4. The entire route will be closed off to cars to maximize care-free frolicking.
  • There’s a new “art cave” in the neighborhood (translation: garage converted into an impromptu art gallery). The Cabrillo Art Cave will have art and artisanal crafts for sale, and will be an opportunity for visitors to meet some local artists. They’ll be open this Friday through Sunday in conjunction with Hardly Strictly, so stop by 925 Cabrillo (between 10th and 11th Avenues) between 11am and 5pm to check it out. Not sure on hours after this weekend, but their website says “We open for nice weather and Events.”

The Cabrillo Art Cave, open on nice days at 925 Cabrillo

9:15 am | Posted under Art, Business, Events, Recreation | 1 comment

Try your hand at lawn bowling! Open House in Golden Gate Park, Oct. 5

You’ve probably seen them when you’ve driven through the Golden Gate Park – adults dressed in pristine white clothes, hurling small, dense balls across smooth lawns. Some in v-neck sweaters with sharp-looking hats.

Wasn’t there a part of you that was just itching to join in?

Well here’s your chance! On Saturday, the San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club is hosting an open house at the club on Bowling Green Drive in Golden Gate Park. Stop by to learn how the game is played and try it for yourself.

The free open house runs from 10am until 4pm and takes place at the Lawn Bowling Club in Golden Gate Park (directions). Be sure to wear flat-soled shoes!

If Saturday doesn’t work for you, they also offer free lessons every Wednesday at 12noon (weather permitting).

Sarah B.

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OneRepublic, Goo Goo Dolls headline “Now & Zen” music fest in GGP, Sunday

“Now & Zen” bands clockwise from top left: OneRepublic, Goo Goo Dolls, Larkin Poe and Walk Off The Earth

Alice 97.3FM is putting on their annual “Now & Zen Fest” this Sunday in Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow from 12noon until 5pm. Admission is free.

Headlining the music festival this year is OneRepublic and Goo Goo Dolls. Supporting bands include Plain White T’s of “Hey There, Delilah” fame, Canada’s Walk Off the Earth, and Larkin Poe, known for their ‘swampadelic soul’.

Approximate set times for Sunday are:

Larkin Poe – 12:05p
Walk Off the Earth – 12:25p
Plain White T’s – 1:10p
Goo Goo Dolls – 2:20p
OneRepublic – 3:45p

Rock on!

Sarah B.

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Beijing Opera performance at GWHS, September 30

Next Monday night at 7pm, a high school theater group from China will perform a traditional Chinese Opera in the auditorium of George Washington High School (600 32nd Avenue).

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and all attendees will be entered into a drawing for a special gift. Contact GWHS at 415-750-8400 to reserve a seat. view flyer (PDF)

Proceeds benefit George Washington High School, The Police Activities League and the Association for International Friendship.

Sarah B.

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Beers, Bikes & Fun at Tour de Fat festival in Golden Gate Park, Saturday

This Saturday, the New Belgium Brewing Company is putting on their annual festival known as Tour de Fat in Golden Gate Park.

The event kicks off with a bike parade around Golden Gate Park that begins in Lindley Meadow at 11am.

Entertainment throughout the day includes juggler Scott Nery (12noon), a yo-yo show from the Yo-Yo People (2:40pm), conjurer of comedy Nigel Blackstorm (12:15pm) and the Squirm Burpee Circus from the Handsome Little Devils.

There will also be lots of bike-themed activities and tasting of New Belgium beer brands like Fat Tire, Pluot, and Rampant.

Tour de Fat runs from 11am until 5pm at Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park; admission is free and open to all ages.

Sarah B.

10 a.m. — Parade registration
11 a.m. — Danger Zone Parade Launch
12 p.m. — Scot Nery Show
12:15 pm: Nigel Blackstorm
12:30 p.m. — Honeymoon Cabaret
1:15 p.m. — Slow Ride
1:30 p.m. — The Moth True Stories
2:15 p.m. — Stunt Pepper Dance Contest
2:40 p.m. — YoYo People
2:45 pm: — The Handsome Little Devils Present Squirm Burpee Circus
3:30 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
4:00 p.m. — Beats Antique
4:45pm: — Finale!

10:11 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 1 comment

Local links: Fresh & Easy sold, Balboa stays alive, Yoga Tree, Sutro Heights fire, art stuff & more

The Tidy Shoppe aesthetics salon that opened at 4050 Geary this week. Photo by Derek

  • The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain is being purchased by billionaire investor Ron Burkle. Burkle is buying 150 of the stores, and the remaining 50 will be shut down. It’s been confirmed that the store on 32nd Avenue and Clement will be one of the 150 stores that remains open. Burkle has been mum on his plans for breathing new life into the 150 stores he’s purchasing, but called Fresh & Easy “a tremendous foundation.”
  • In case you haven’t heard, the Balboa Theater reached their Kickstarter fundraising goal of $75,000. So now they can go digital and not dark. Congrats and good job Richmond District! They’re still taking donations, which will go towards digitizing the second theater.
  • Park Life is curating an art show of local artist Ryan Beavers in the office of Supervisor Eric Mar. There’s an opening reception this Friday, September 13 from 4:30pm-7:30pm at Mar’s office, which is located in Room 284 of City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.
  • In other art news, neighborhood artist Jay Mercado of donut painting fame, was recently profiled in the Chronicle Sunday magazine. Mercado has a studio on California and 10th Avenue, and told the Chronicle, “It’s nice to have a studio that’s accessible to people. I don’t want art to seem like it’s something that is elite. It should be accessible to everyone. I want to make them feel at home with artwork and be able to talk about it. If the mailman comes in and buys a painting, like she did once, I think that’s pretty cool.”
  • There’s a new yoga studio coming to the neighborhood. We heard from a reader that popular chain Yoga Tree will be opening on 6th Avenue between California and Lake Streets. We hear the outside is painted bright green. We haven’t heard when they’ll open for classes, but say your om’s and keep your eyes out.
  • Another fire broke out last week at a homeless encampment that located on the back of Sutro Heights Park. The last fire on Sutro hill was in January 2013 and because of its hard-to-reach location, fire crews have to hand carry hoses up behind homes on Balboa and up a flight of forty stairs to battle flames there.
  • A public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, September 11 to discuss Cinderella Bakery’s (436 Balboa) proposed parklet. We haven’t seen any renderings of it yet, but if you want to attend, the meeting is at 9am at City Hall, Room 400.
  • A new aesthetics salon called The Tidy Shoppe opened this week at 4050 Geary near 5th Avenue. Service categories include bikini waxing, brows, tinting, face, threading, body and lashes. Online appointment booking is available through their website.
  • Have you seen the Snowy Plover? Join a free guided walk on Ocean Beach this Sunday with Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for the Western Snowy Plover. This small shorebird is highly threatened by human activities and habitat degradation. Join the walk to see this adorable species in its native habitat and learn ways that you can help. The walk is from 10am – 12am and RSVP online is required.
  • The Chronicle recently wrote about Glenn Gable, a one-man anti-graffiti crusader in the Richmond District, and why we’re not likely to see tags removed from neighborhood mailboxes anytime soon.
  • The complete lineup was recently confirmed for the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival, taking place in Golden Gate Park on October 4-6, 2013. Highlights include Chris Isaak, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris Gogol Bordello, Nick Lowe, Boz Scaggs, and dozens more.
2:59 pm | Posted under Art, Business, Eric Mar, Events, Fire | 29 comments

500+ come out for the first Richmond District Jog in the Fog fun run

Sunday was the first running of the Richmond District Jog in the Fog race, where 536 participants ran and walked the 3.4 mile course from Mountain Lake Park to the USS SF Memorial Parking Lot at Lands End. Proceeds from the race benefit the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC).

Racers began gathering at the start line in Mountain Lake Park at 7am. Shortly before the 8am start, after opening welcomes from RDNC Board President Bonnie Levitt and Supervisor Eric Mar, the official start signal was broadcast: fog horns. Runners took off into the mist, guided and cheered along the course by volunteers that included residents, RDNC staff members and supporters, and high school students.

Despite the record temperatures the day before, Sunday’s weather lived up to the race’s name, enveloping participants as they wound around Mountain Lake, up Lake Street and El Camino del Mar, and into the Lands End trail. They were lucky to even get a glimpse of the water down below the cliffs of Lands End.

But in true Richmond District style, the fog didn’t dampen the spirits of racers, who sprinted under the finish line balloon bridge – provided by Sparky’s Balloons & Toys – with arms outstretched and big smiles.

The top male finisher (and overall first place finisher), Menso de Jong, completed the race in 21:45, and the top female finished in 22:40. Both received trophies, while the first boy (28:53) and girl to cross the finish line received gift cards from Green Apple Books. [Our record keeping was lacking, so if you know the names of these awesome runners, please leave a comment to let us know – photos below!]

The top male (and overall first place) finisher, Menso de Jong (21:45)

We’d like to thank the people that made the Jog in the Fog possible including our neighborhood sponsors – SF Toyota, Green Apple Books, Busvan, Clement Street Merchants Association, Angelina’s Cafe, Blondlogic, Bright1Fitness, and Sparky’s Balloons – the nearly 60 volunteers who got up early on a Sunday to help, Emily Gillingham of the RDNC for her tireless enthusiasm and support, race captains Brighton Miller and David Hirtz and last but not least, all of YOU – the men, women and children of the Richmond District that came out to participate.

We were truly thrilled to see all of you gathered at the starting line, ready to rock it! We’re still tallying the final proceeds that will go to the RDNC and going through photos, so bear with us. Follow the Jog in the Fog on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest photos and updates.

UPDATE 9/12/13: The tally is in! Thanks to our racers and sponsors who helped us raise $8000 for our charity, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center. Woo hoo!

Did you take photos at the race you want to share? Upload them to our event album on Eversnap – just download the free smartphone app or visit their website and enter the album code joginthefog2013 to get started. You can also use the album code just to view pics too from the race.

And for those of you who weren’t able to get your hands on a 2013 Jog in the Fog t-shirt designed by Andy George, hang tight, we’re looking into ways to let you order one online, you can place your order online and we’ll have it available for pickup at Green Apple Books.

Thanks to everyone for making the first Jog in the Fog a great success! Who’s in for next year!?!? :)

Sarah B.
Race Director

The top female finisher (22:07)

The top boy (28:53) and girl finisher (Piper Brooks)

Racers at the start in Mountain Lake Park

At the finish line at Lands End

Check out more photos on Flickr:

11:31 pm | Posted under Community, Eric Mar, Events | 14 comments