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Local links: Cassava honored, Boitano coming to Green Apple, renter’s woes, SFPUC survey, Aziza is a star, free photo classes & more

Cassava Bakery & Cafe owners with Supervisor Mar (read more below). Photo courtesy of Supervisor Eric Mar’s office

Happy Friday! Hard to believe it’s November already. Here are some local links to take your mind off how fast this year is flying by…

  • Owners Kristoffer Toliao and Yuka Ioroi (and husband and wife) of Cassava Cafe & Bakery were recently honored at City Hall by Supervisor Eric Mar for this year’s Restaurant Appreciation Month. ” They have been a source of great food, wonderful company, and the revitalization of the neighborhood,” Mar’s office wrote.
  • SFAppeal writes about a real estate investor group that is may try to evict all the tenants at 2405 Anza, include a single parent and two seniors, who have been living at the location for 36 years. That’s because they want to recoup their investment and flip the building as a Tenancy-in-Common (TIC). The investor, who pled guilty to shady dealings in the past, asserts that since the Ellis Act is state law, he’s only acting within his rights as a property owner. Read the full story
  • The 5L Fulton line went into operation this week and is getting high marks from many MUNI commuters. “20 minutes from home to downtown; thanks SF Muni for the 5 Limited and for making Monday almost bearable,” tweeted one rider. The 5L runs during peak commute hours in the morning and evenings, Monday through Friday, and makes all stops from Ocean Beach to 6th Avenue, and then limited stops until from 6th Avenue until it reaches Van Ness Avenue. Though one blogger is wondering why the new faster 5L buses are electric instead of diesel.
  • Earlier this month, The SFPUC held their first public meeting about the 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. They’d like to get your thoughts in their online survey.
  • Roadside BBQ at 2nd & Geary was sold and now has a new name/brand: GS Riverside Grill. We weren’t frequent diners of the Roadside but the menu under new ownership looks pretty similar – lots of BBQ, a kid’s menu, and some homemade pies.
  • A cyclist who was struck by a driver at 3 in the morning on Tuesday at California Street and 8th Avenue is expected to survive. Hilah Sulme, 56, was taken into custody after the collision, which was reported at 3:13am. Sulme allegedly fled from the scene but was later found and taken into custody. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the collision, police said. [SFAppeal]
  • Aziza restaurant on Geary will maintain their single Michelin Star rating for 2014. Way to represent!
  • Interested in telling the story of the Richmond District in photos? The Richmond Branch library is offering a 3 session program with wward-winning photojournalist Frederic Larson called “Through Our Eyes: Visual Stories of the Richmond Neighborhood”. It’s an intensive photo documentary class and study of the Richmond neighborhood where each student will create a visual story over the course of the class. Stories will be submitted to the city’s archives where they will be available for research and public use. The class meets November 9: 3-5pm, November 23: 2:45-5:30pm, and December 14: 3-5pm. Space is limited to 20 people, so be sure to register online in advance.
  • Creative Canopy on California Street near 6th Avenue is celebrating their first birthday with a holiday craft fair on November 16 from 10am until 3pm. Many of Canopy’s artists and teachers will be present to share their craft ideas and class information and offer workshops for projects. Many will have gifts to sell for the holiday season. View the event flyer
  • Brian Boitano will be at Green Apple Books on Saturday, November 16 at 4pm to discuss his latest culinary tome, “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”.
  • Cycle over to the Family Bike Safety Fair on Saturday, November 16 at Roosevelt School from 10am until 2pm. The fair is being put on by Assemblymember Phil Ting and it will feature a bike obstacle course and information booths on bike safety and opportunities to make San Francisco more bike friendly. First 300 families receive free bike safety equipment for children.
  • Local artist Karen Lechelt is offering a free download of her children’s e-book “What Do You Love About You?” via Amazon until November 4, featuring black and white line drawings of funny animals revealing what they love about themselves. “It indirectly explores what it unique about us all, while binding us together in the idea that we all share a commonality of pride and self-love,” Lechelt told us. Download it here
3:15 pm | Posted under Business, Eric Mar, Food, Free stuff, Muni | 1 comment

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

Win balloons or a holiday gift package from Sparky’s Toys

Our friends over at Sparky’s Toys (6 Clement Street) were once again generous to us this year, and provided us with a jam-packed gift bag to give away to readers.

For a chance to win, fill out this online form. We’ll pick two winners at random. One will receive a gift certificate for 2 dozen balloons, the other will win the gift bag pictured above – both from Sparky’s Toys.

This is a neighborhood only contest, so you must live within the 94118 or 94121 zip codes in order to win!

Limit one entry per household, and entries are due by 5pm on Thursday, December 20. Good luck and happy holidays from the Richmond Blog and Sparky’s Toys!

Sarah B.

12/21/12: Congratulations to readers Melissa W. and Kira S., the two winners in the contest!

12:48 pm | Posted under Free stuff | 4 comments

Travel photography, Will Writing & Origami workshops at the Library this month

The Richmond District branch library has some interesting workshops coming up this month:

Travel Photography | Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6pm
Have you ever wondered how the professional photographer gets those amazing National Geographic looking photographs of sunrises and sunsets? Pulitzer Prize-finalist Frederic Larson will discuss the unique techniques he uses to capture award-winning images from around the world, free. Larson has been a photographer for the SF Chronicle for 30 years.

Write Your Will Seminar | Thursday, Aug. 30 at 6pm
Stuart Bronstein, an estate planning and probate lawyer in San Francisco for more than 30 years, will help participants create fully-functional wills. Advanced registration is required so please call 355-5600 to sign up.

Origami | Friday, Aug. 31 at 4pm
Learn the Japanese art of paper folding with Geri Handa, for ages 8 and up.

All workshops are free and take place at the Richmond District branch of the San Francisco Public Library at 351 9th Avenue.

Sarah B.

11:26 am | Posted under Art, Classes, Events, Free stuff | Comments Off

The great Christmas giveaway (aka free schtuff!)

Hi everyone,

‘Tis the season for giving so we reached into our Richmond District Blog treasure chest to put together some fun items for this year’s giveaway. Like last year, Kookle Toys on Clement contributed a nice gift bag as well.

Here’s what’s in store for our lucky winners:

  • A Kookle Toys gift pack including a Blacksmith’s Puzzle, a bag of entertaining squeeze rockets (annoy your relatives!), and other assorted fun toys.
  • $50 Amazon gift certificate (our prize for being a CBS Most Valuable Blogger thanks to your votes!)
  • A copy of the book “Carville-By-The-Sea”, a great 144-page photo essay on the bohemian settlement that lived in old transit cars out by Ocean Beach in the early 1900s. We’ve got two to give away.
  • A Richmond District messenger bag, available from the Western Neighborhoods Project store.

And every winner also receives a Richmond District Blog t-shirt and snazzy, eco-friendly logo pen.

How to enter you ask? Just fill out this form by 5pm on Wednesday, Dec. 21 and we’ll pick five winners at random.

Good luck and Merry Christmas. And as always, thanks for reading the blog!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Louise S., Melissa B., Sharon S., Jamie O. and Jimmy L. for winning one of the prizes!

Sarah B.

10:13 am | Posted under Free stuff | 4 comments

Free winter art workshops for kids at the Richmond Dist. Neighborhood Center

Registration begins December 1 for the free weekend winter art workshops at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center for kids age 5 to 12 years. This winter’s courses include:

Saturdays in January with Donna Ozawa
Every Saturday from 1-3pm, artist Donna Ozawa will show students how to create fun artwork using a variety of mediums. Students will learn how to make marble mazes, scribble monsters, portable landscapes and cardboard automata (simple machines).

Saturdays in February with Lyall Harris
Artist Lyall Harris will lead art projects in book making, valentine’s day cards, map making and printmaking. Every Saturday in February from 10am until 12noon.

Fun with Photography Scavenger Hunt | January 15 & February 12
Photographer Jan Nicholas is back with more inventive photo challenges for young shutterbugs. Each day from 1pm until 2:30pm, kids will explore the neighborhood around the RDNC, as well as Mountain Lake Park, as they participate in a photo scavenger hunt.

To register for the free RDNC winter art workshops, download and complete the Multicultural Arts Program application and turn it in at the RDNC offices at 741 30th Avenue, or fax it to 751-5606. You can also register by phone at 751-6600.

There is a limit of two workshops per child, who must be between the ages of 5 and 12 and reside in San Francisco. Registration opens December 1 but spaces fill up fast so get your application in as quickly as you can.

Sarah B.

5:15 am | Posted under Art, Free stuff, Kids | Comments Off

Free days at the Academy of Sciences for the ‘hood, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

A tree frog at the Academy of Sciences. Photo by tibchris

This Friday through Sunday, residents living in the 94115, 94118, 94121, and 94129 can get free admission to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

Details on how to get in:

Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable: A driver’s 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). Only residents from the zip codes invited on the designated dates will be admitted free of charge.

Each visiting adult is limited to six children for free entry.

The Academy is open from 9:30am until 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 11am until 5pm on Sunday. If you’ve got an iPhone, don’t forget to download the free Academy Insider app to enhance your visit.

Sarah B.

1:28 pm | Posted under Free stuff, Golden Gate Park, Kids, Museums | 4 comments

This weekend in Golden Gate Park: Zine Fest, Free DJ Music & BBQ festival

If you’re looking for some fun activities this weekend, stroll over to Golden Gate Park to check out these events:

Zine Fest | Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 6pm | SF County Fair Building (9th & Lincoln)
It’s the 10th anniversary of this free festival which celebrates small-press publishing, from zines and comics to art books and beyond. The Zine Fest serves as a vital showcase of the diversity, creativity, and ongoing exuberance of the small-press movement. They’ve got exhibitors, workshops (DIY Gadget Cases!), panels – plenty to keep you amused and inspired.

Doin’ It In The Park 2011 | Sunday, 12noon – 6pm | Marx Meadow
Drop in to this free, all ages event to enjoy music from some fly DJ’s, as well as some free BBQ. “Leave the negativity at home. This is a time to celebrate life, love and music with your closest friends and a chance to make new ones.” OK! Marx Meadow is located on John F. Kennedy Drive off Fulton Street between 25th and 30th Avenues.

Sarah B.

8:15 am | Posted under Art, Events, Free stuff, Golden Gate Park | 1 comment