After having to reschedule their event due to the government shutdown, Leap Arts finally held their 30th Annual Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach on Saturday.
Thousands came out to view the sand sculptures on what turned out to be a perfect day at Ocean Beach. The sculptures were created by elementary school students that had been teamed up with local architects, designers, contractors, corporations, and engineers.
This year’s theme was “Masterpieces in Sand”, and teams were encouraged to select a work of art from any period in history or art form as inspiration for their sand sculpture.
The holidays are just around the corner and both the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park and the Richmond District Library are offering workshops where you can learn to make your own decorations.
Living and Up-cycled Wreaths: a design workshop | November 13 @ 6pm
Richmond District Library, 351 9th Avenue
Artist and floral designer Sarah Glanville will share techniques and design tips to help you create beautiful, long-lasting, one of a kind holiday wreaths out of materials from your home or garden. After a demonstration of living and up-cycled wreaths, participants will create their own. A wreath frame, tools and some decorative materials will be provided. Space is limited to 20 students so participants must pre-register. Call 415-355-5600 or email email@example.com.
Glass Terrarium Ornament Making | November 13 @ 2pm
Conservatory of Flowers
Join Brandi Chalker of Sunshine & Succulents for a succulent terrarium ornament workshop. Each participant will receive 2-3 glass ornaments to fill with tiny, lovely succulents. Take them home for the holidays or give them as a gift. Tickets are $45 General Admission, and $35 for Conservatory of Flowers members.
Holiday Centerpiece Making with Succulents and Cuttings | November 20 @ 2pm
Conservatory of Flowers
In this “make-and-take” workshop, Sloat Garden Center’s Jennie Strobel shows you how to make unique, non-traditional centerpieces featuring succulents and tillandsias that will beautify your holiday table for months with proper care. Sloat will provide the base, soil, plants, and supplies you need to create your masterpiece. Tickets are $50 for general Admission, $40 for Conservatory members.
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.
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).
TWICE THE LOVE FOR THE CLEMENT STREET FARMER”S MARKET
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.
IMPORTANT STREET CLOSURE & CAR TOWING INFORMATION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 344-0489 x2.
$5 PARKING AT ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.