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Shop local at the “Sidewalk Saturday” event on Clement Street

This Saturday from 11am until 7pm, merchants along Clement Street from Arguello to Park Presidio will be hosting a sidewalk sale, featuring special offers and activities.

Many Clement Street merchants will be participating in the event, and we were able to get information from a few of them about what they’ve got in store for shoppers…

Covet, located at 398 Arguello, will have wine and sweets on hand for visitors, as well as up to 60% off on their clothing and handbags. They’ll also be giving away a gift certificate in a raffle.

On the 200 block of Clement, be sure to stop by Kisha Studio (210 Clement) for free drinks and snacks, plus a sale rack featuring $20 tops and $30 dresses. Next door at 212 Clement, Seedstore will have sale items outside, vintage pieces and jewelry from local designer Julia Szendrei.

Shopping can work up an appetite, so you may want to pop in Toy Boat Dessert Cafe (401 Clement) for a treat. They told us they’ll be cleaning house for the sidewalk sale, selling old inventory from toys to coffee mugs, “all at cheap prices”.

Foggy Notion Boutique (275 6th Avenue) will be featuring many local vendors during Sidewalk Saturday, including tea tastings, tea snacks, vintage tea ware from Fox & Moon Tea, handmade wooden planters, chalkboards, and cutting boards from 265 Design, plus vintage clothing and handmade jewelry from Heritage Mercantile, Valerian Jewelry, and Our House Vintage & Design.

The infamous Clement Street “pole gardener”, known in real life as Aram M., will also be at Foggy Notion. Come meet him and pick up tips, plants and supplies to create your own pole garden.

If you need to take the edge off while you’re shopping, take a pause at the 540 Club (540 Clement). Bring your own t-shirt and get a free screen printing on the spot courtesy of studionico.

And if shopping makes you hungry, you can fill up at Hawaiian eatery Grindz (832 Clement), where Chef Bradley Lum will be adding some new items to the day’s menu including Spam Katsu Musubi – spam breaded with toasted bread crumbs on top of a furikake calrose rice cake wrapped in nori, and Li Hing Pineapples – fresh pineapple wedges dusted with Li Hing powder made from dried plum skin.

We got some additional info on other merchants’ activities during the event:

- $1 Drink Special at Cumaica (200 Clement)
- FREE Carne Adovada at Q’s Restaurant (225 Clement) starting at 2pm to roughly 4pm (or until they run out), compliments of the Clement St. Merchants Association
- 15% off all food + drinks at Blue Danube (306 Clement) from 11am-5pm
- Fully stocked sales bins outside Green Apple Books (506 Clement)

Park Life (220 Clement), Pretty Please Bakeshop (291 3rd Avenue), and Kumquat (147 Clement) will also be participating.

Those are just a few of the special sales and activities that will take place on Clement Street this Saturday. So put on your shopping shoes and walk over to support your local merchants!

Sarah B.

5:12 am | Posted under Events, Shopping | 1 comment

Clement St. Farmer’s Market is “near approval”; community meeting on May 20

Word is spreading like wildfire among residents and merchants about a Richmond District Farmer’s Market.

In a recent email to market supporters, aide Peter Lauterborn from Supervisor Eric Mar’s office wrote, “We are at the point of nearing approval for a significant market entering the neighborhood!”

The proposed farmer’s market would take place on Sunday mornings from 9am to 1 or 2pm, and would require closing the blocks of Clement Street between 2nd and 4th Avenues. The market would be run by the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), which currently runs other markets at Stonestown, Civic Center, and in other Bay Area locations.

According to Lauterborn, the Clement Street farmer’s market will feature a wide range of local products, including eggs, milk, cheeses, meats, plus children activities, live music, and bouncy houses. The market will also provide matching dollars for “food stamp” users, and additional bike parking.

Lauterborn states that “the parking loss should be a non-issue” on Sunday mornings, and that they are “planning outreach to all of the existing produce merchants along Clement” with the help of AIM, who has hired a Cantonese speaker to assist. He says “so far, the merchant support has been excellent”.

To ensure that the market gets off the ground, Lauterborn is asking the community to show their support by either writing a letter of support to the SFMTA (who will need to approve the street closures on Clement), or attending a public meeting on May 20.

If you’d like to write a letter of support, send it to Peter.Lauterborn@sfgov.org and be sure to explicitly mention your support for the street closure on Sunday mornings on Clement between 2nd and 4th Avenues.

A community meeting will also be held on May 20 from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Richmond District Police Station, which is located on 6th Avenue between Geary and Anza.

Lauterborn says they’re targeting Sunday, June 9 for the opening, pending approval by the SFMTA for the street closure during their May 23 meeting. The approval would be for an initial 6 week trial run of the Sunday market.

UPDATE 5/22/13: Lauterborn commented that “The MTA had an internal hiccup, so the hearing will be on June 13 rather than May 23, pushing back the opening to (likely) June 23.”

Are you all excited by this news? Leave a comment to let us know.

Sarah B.

1:59 pm | Posted under Eric Mar, Events, Shopping | 64 comments

“Never. Say. Die” Giants book launch at 540 Club, Wednesday night

Hey Giants fans, this one is for you!

This Wednesday night, KNBR’s Brian Murphy and photographer Brad Mangin will be at the 540 Club to celebrate the release of their new book NEVER. SAY. DIE., chronicling the Giants’ 2012 championship season.

Stop by to meet the authors and dine on good ol’ baseball chow from the Missing Link food cart, which will be parked outside the 540 Club (540 Clement Street). Wild boar link, anyone?

The event begins at 7pm. Go Giants!

Sarah B.

1:26 pm | Posted under Events, Sports | Comments Off

Help clean up the neighborhood this Saturday with Community Clean Team

This Saturday, the DPW is hosting a Community Clean Team event in the neighborhood.

Volunteer for a few hours to help plant trees, work on landscaping and gardening projects, paint over graffiti, and clean up litter around the Richmond District.

The event begins at 9am at George Washington High School (600 32nd Avenue) and runs until 12noon.

You don’t need to bring anything – all equipment will be provided as well as lunch for volunteers. Be sure to wear clothing for working outside, and a reusable water bottle is recommended.

And keep an eye out for special dignitaries that will be lending a hand, including Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Eric Mar.

Sarah B.

5:03 am | Posted under Events, Volunteer | 1 comment

Fun times at the Mayfaire Carnival at Argonne Elementary this Saturday

It’s all about Mom on Sunday, but on Saturday, you might also want to stop by the Mayfaire Carnival at Argonne Elementary School for some family fun.

The Carnival runs from 11am until 7pm on the school’s campus at 680 18th Avenue. There are tons of activities taking place including a petting zoo, climbing wall, hula hoop contest, a dunk tank, live music, a talent show, jumpy houses, face painting and more. Visit the Carnival website for a full schedule.

Admission is free to the Carnival, but tickets must be purchased for various activities (tickets are 10 for $5; most activities are 1 ticket).

While you’re there, be sure to check out the new 53 ft. x 24 ft. playground mural that was recently completed, illustrating the history of California and the Richmond District.

Sarah B.

5:26 am | Posted under Art, Events | 1 comment

Walk among butterflies at new Conservatory exhibit, Blooms & Butterflies

Photo by Ron Lewis

The metaphor of the butterfly fascinates us – a new creature emerging from a crusty cocoon in full, technicolor glory, only to live for a brief time. It is nature’s reminder that life is short, and should be lived to the fullest in splendor.

Today, a new exhibition called Butterflies & Blooms opens at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. But this time it’s not just plants that are on display, but also the beautiful butterflies that spend time among them. The Conservatory’s special exhibits gallery is transformed into a cottage garden, complete with more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies like magnificent monarchs, Western swallowtails, and red admirals.

If you’ve ever wanted to walk among butterflies, this is your chance. You can watch hundreds of butterflies as they move among the flowers, drinking nectar and covering themselves in pollen. All to illustrate the important role that butterflies play in the life cycle of plants.

“I think if you asked most people to explain how a flower turns into an apple, they wouldn’t be able to,” says Lau Hodges, Curator.

“But life as we know it just wouldn’t be possible without pollination – no flowers, no plants, no fruit. It’s a crucial natural process. We want people to understand that and to know there are some very important insects and animals that do the work.”

In addition to watching butterflies float around the exhibition gallery, you can also get a sneak peek into their evolutionary process in the exhibit’s Butterfly Bungalow where their cocoons, or “chrysalises” are on display. During the metamorphosis process, the caterpillar liquefies completely and its cells reorganize into a butterfly. If you get your timing right, you might even see a new butterfly emerge in the Bungalow.

Visitors will also learn some fun facts about these light winged creatures, like that they taste with their feet to determine if a flower has good nectar or might be a suitable place for laying their eggs.

For your chance to come eye to eye with a butterfly, stop by the Blooms & Butterflies exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers from today through October 20, open every Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Sarah B.

The chrysalises inside the Butterfly Bungalow. Photo by Ron Lewis

Photo by Ron Lewis

5:02 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | Comments Off

Community Health Fair, Annual Spring Plant Sale this Saturday

Two big events going on this Saturday. First up is the 9th annual Richmond District Health Fair from 10am until 2pm. The fair includes over 30 different organizations who will provide giveaways, free food, and children’s activities along with free bone density testing, blood pressure testing, Hep B screening and more. Free light bicycle repair will also be provided by Sprocket Mobile Bike Repair.

The fair is free for everyone, and takes place at the Richmond District Recreation Center on 18th Avenue between California and Clement.

Across the way, the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park will be hosting their 46th Annual Spring Plant Sale from 10am until 2pm. This is the Bay Area’s largest plant sale, featuring over 20,000 plants representing 2,500 different varieties.

Shop plants propagated from the Garden’s own collection, including hundreds of beautiful and drought tolerant natives, succulents, and more. All plants are suitable for the Bay Area’s many micro-climates.

Highlights of this year’s sale include:

- Several kinds of South African restios, including the very hard to germinate Cannomois virgata, a lovely, tall, reed-like plant
- A gorgeous selection of tropical vireya rhododendrons. SFBG is one of only a few nurseries that grow them
- Many rare hellebores, including Helleborus foetidus, a hard to find winter blooming evergreen
- 250 kinds of native plants, including Matilija poppies, native irises, up to 20 kinds of Ceanothus (wild lilac)
- Unusual perennial vegetable starts from the Andes, including oca and yacón
- Lots of stunning, flowering shrubs, including species of Leucadendron

There is no admission to attend the plant sale, and it takes place rain or shine at the SF County Fair Building at the Garden, located in Golden Gate Park at 9th Ave at Lincoln Way.

Sarah B.

10:23 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 3 comments

Dutch “Queen’s Day” celebrations in Golden Gate Park, Friday & Saturday

Photo by David Yu

This Saturday, the Dutch community in San Francisco is celebrating Queen’s Day near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park.

The all day, free festival celebrates the restoration of Golden Gate Park’s Windmills, and includes a bike parade, free Golden Gate Park tours from City Guides, live music at Park Chalet, gorgeous tulips, a flea market and all things dutch (including a food and beer garden).

Queen’s Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in honor of the Queen’s birthday. The celebration, called “Koninginnedag”, is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt (“free market”), at which many Dutch sell their secondhand items. It is also an opportunity for “orange madness” or oranjegekte, for the national colour, when the normally strait-laced Dutch let down their hair, often dyed orange for the occasion [Wikipedia]. So if you’ve got any, put on your Giants paraphernalia to get in the spirit.

Check out the full schedule of events for Saturday’s festival here.

On Friday night, the De Young Museum will host Queen’s Night from 5pm until 8:45pm, featuring Dutch DJs, orange costume-making, art-making, and more. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their best orange attire, and children can don their prince and princess outfits in celebration of Queen Beatrix’s birthday.

Both Friday and Saturday’s events are free to the public.

Did you know that this will be the last “Queen’s Day” for awhile? That’s because Queen Beatrix announced that she will abdicate the throne on April 30th after 33 years as head of state, clearing the way for her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to become the nation’s first king in more than a century. So next year’s celebration will be “King’s Day”.

In honor of the celebratin, we dug out the video below of a man riding the Murphy Windmill. It’s pretty awesome. :)

Sarah B.

9:47 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 1 comment