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It’s a monster mash! 2014 Halloween events in the Richmond District

There’s no shortage of Halloween events in the neighborhood this year! So put on those costumes and get out there to grab your share of ghoulish fun. Happy Halloween to all!

YMCA HALLOWEEN PARTY – Friday, October 24 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Richmond District YMCA, 360 18th Avenue
The Richmond District YMCA will have bounce houses, healthier s’mores, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, a photo booth, and more. Admission is $5 per child 2 and over, chaperones and children under 2 are free.

SUPERNATURAL HALLOWEEN PARTY – Friday, October 24 | 5pm – 9pm
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park
Have yourself a ghoulishly great time trick-or-treating your way through the Academy at night, among spooky skulls and spine-tingling specimens. Trick-or-Treating, Dancing, Face Painting, Magic Shows, Scientists and Specimens, Live Animal Shows, Giant Pumpkin Carving, Crafts, a Photo Booth and more. Tickets start at $30 for children. More info

Clement Street Farmer’s Market (3rd Avenue & Clement)
Stop by the Clement Farmer’s Market on Sunday for the Kids Costume Parade. Meet at the musical acts section near 3rd & Clement for a singalong, then parade over to Toy Boat Dessert Cafe for free scoops of ice cream! Sponsored by the Clement St. Merchants Association.

12:30pm – 3pm | 741 30th Avenue
Children and families are invited to come in costume and explore the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with a Haunted Room, Dr Funnybone Laboratory, Ghosts and Globins Hangout, and Madame Katrinka, Fortune Teller. There’s also arts and crafts, costume contest, bake sales, games and prizes. Costume contest at 2:30pm.

Meet at the Velo Rouge Cage on Arguello near Fulton to bike to work with Supervisor Mar (costumes optional). More info and RSVP available on Facebook.

Look for the special Halloween stencils outside the stores of participating merchants. Then pop inside if you dare for a trick or a treat! Sponsored by the Clement St. Merchants Association.

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 “The L.A.B.” so be prepared for some interesting experiments. Free admission, all ages welcome but be prepared for a long line!

HEARTBAKER HAUNTED HOUSE – October 31 | 6pm – 9pm
Enjoy holiday fun watching your little ones making their way down haunted hallway and discovering a witch preparing her magic potion in a boiling caldron! Of course the night is not complete without treats. Heartbaker will provide free treats and refreshments at the end. Find out more

Get a ticket to the spookiest show in the neighborhood. The Western Neighborhoods Project presents a special screening of Trina Lopez’ documentary “A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco’s Lost Cemeteries” along with short films and other surprises. Tickets are available online – $10 for general admission, $7.50 for seniors and children.

Stop by Anthem Screen Printing at 6138 Geary and get a special “Dia de Skeeter” screen print on a t-shirt (Skeeter is the store’s mascot). Bring libations, a costume, and friends! If you’d like to print your own shirt make sure to bring one or you can purchase a blank for $10. They will have a few Anthem designs on the press and a special design chosen by Facebook followers from their Dia De Skeeter album. RSVP on Facebook

4:54 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 5 comments

Photos: Cock-a-doodle do! Roosters living in Golden Gate Park

Neighbors living near the west end of Golden Gate Park have been hearing an unusual sound in the mornings – crowing roosters.

Readers tell us that two roosters have been living in the park for the past couple of months near a lake. How they took up residence in the park is a mystery. Perhaps they escaped a home coop or were abandoned there?

Even more mysterious is how they’re surviving, considering the coyotes and raccoons that wander Golden Gate Park.

A reader snapped these pics of the handsome devils. Cock-a-doodle-doo!

Sarah B.

4:30 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park, Wildlife | 5 comments

Video: Drone’s eye view over Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach

It’s like someone made this video just for us… :) Nice views over Golden Gate Park including the Murphy Windmill, and some gorgeous shots of Ocean Beach at sunset with camp fires aglow.

Thanks to Rico for the tip.

Sarah B.

4:15 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Video | 1 comment

Academy of Sciences opens “The Terrace” cafe for garden dining

Today, the Academy of Sciences opens a new restaurant called The Terrace, located in the west garden of the museum.

The Terrace features a menu of small, shareable plates that range in price from $6 to $18. Some of the menu items we sampled at the media preview included a delicious orange elderberry mock tail, a toasted farro, wild rice, roasted beet and fennel salad, and a local goat cheese, red pepper and artichoke bruschetta. We didn’t get to try it but heard others cooing over the prosciutto, arugula, and fig jam sandwich.

The Terrace’s setting is lovely, designed for al fresco dining in the garden. But any restaurateur in San Francisco knows outdoor dining is a mixed bag, so the cafe’s retractable, floor to ceiling window panels can be closed when it gets chilly. The cafe also has radiant, in-floor heating.

The space used to be occupied by a bird aviary, and some of its concrete and fencing was re-purposed for the Terrace’s construction.

The opening of the Terrace also marks the start of a new food partnership the Academy established with Sodexo, who will also manage the Academy Cafe. The Moss Room has closed for renovation and will reopen in spring 2015 as a dedicated space for special events.

The Terrace cafe is open during regular museum hours, as well as during the Academy’s Nightlife events on Thursday nights.

Sarah B.

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The retractable glass panels

8:57 am | Posted under Food, Golden Gate Park | 12 comments

Annual “Old Car Picnic” event returns to Golden Gate Park this Saturday

Back in April, we reported on the demise of Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic, a 25+ year tradition in Golden Gate Park that decided to call it quits after escalating permit fees and frustrating dealings with SF Rec & Park.

Now, two fans of the car show have decided to revive the tradition. The event has been renamed “Old Car Picnic” and will feature the same attractions as past shows, namely a wide variety of vintage vehicles from pre-1987.

Old Car Picnic will be held at Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadow) on Saturday, October 18 from 7am until 4pm. Vintage car, truck and motorcycle owners can display their vehicle simply by driving into the venue in the morning and paying the entry fee (Cars & trucks $40, motorcycles $20). Note: no vehicles larger than 3/4 ton pickup.

And for the first time ever, the Old Car Picnic also invites vintage bicycle owners to display. The entry fee for bikes is $10.

Proceeds from the event go towards two organizations that benefit developmentally disabled children – Pomeroy Center and Potrero Hill House.

We spoke with one of the organizers, Eric Johnson, via email about his relationship to past picnics.

“Our group mainly consists of former picnic organizers and workers, some from recent years and some whose involvement goes back to the 90’s. We do intend for the event to continue on an annual basis,” Eric said.

Eric said the permit fees for this year’s Old Car Picnic “are pretty much the same as last year”, and that Rec & Park “made it clear that they didn’t want a brand new event in the park, they would allow it only if it was a continuation of the existing event, so we aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel here.”

Jamie O’Keefe, daughter of the Jimmy O’Keefe who managed the original event, told us, “Though I’m not directly involved in organizing, I’ve been helping this new crew with their questions.”

Jamie is fully supportive of the event and is happy to see the tradition being continued by its fans.

Admission to Old Car Picnic to view the cars, trucks and bikes on display is completely free, so bring your friends and family out to this great tradition in Golden Gate Park. And don’t forget to pack a picnic!

Sarah B.

5:02 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 8 comments

Local links: New veggie cafe, free Academy days, Mt. Lake update & more

“Sweet Soul Dream” by Thomas Hawk

  • A new healthy cafe is coming to the neighborhood called Nourish Cafe, according to EaterSF. The cafe will feature fresh juices and smoothies, big salads, sandwiches, soups, healthy baked goods and more. The cafe, which includes the blog’s Sarah B. as a co-owner, is currently running a Kickstarter campaign if you want to learn more or lend your support.
  • This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 17-19), the California Academy of Sciences is offering free admission to residents of the 94118 and 94121 codes. Each visiting adult is limited to six children for free entry, and each adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. See the San Francisco Neighborhood Free Weekends info on the calacademy.org website for more information. And if you want to go free in 2015, mark March 13, 14, 15 on the calendar.
  • Interested in the state of Mountain Lake? Then don’t miss the Invasive Fish Eradication and Future Restoration Plans public meeting on Thursday, October 16 at 6:30pm at The Observation Post (211 Lincoln Boulevard in the Presidio, near the Transit Center). Learn about upcoming plans for Mountain Lake. Presidio Trust staff will discuss the installation of an aeration system, plans for eradication of remaining invasive fish, planting Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV), reintroduction of native plant and animal species, and restoration of the East Arm as a wetland. Following the presentation, a panel of staff, project partners, and issue experts will answer questions.
  • Remember the change to city code that shifted the responsibility for the care of street trees onto the adjacent homeowners? A couple of supervisors now say it’s unworkable and unsafe, and they’re working to overturn the original decision.
  • The Richmond District Neighborhood Center has a new grocery delivery program for seniors and they’re looking for qualified candidates. If you know a Richmond District senior in need of the program as well as volunteers who are interested in helping out a neighbor, please contact Sarah Huck at sarah@rvbeacon.org or call (415) 750-8554.
  • The Internet Archive is hosting their annual celebration on October 28 from 6pm to 9pm. Stop by their headquarters at Funston and Clement to learn more about what they do, listen to audio, play video games from the 1980’s, check out new tools they’ve created to organize their archives and make them accessible, and enjoy some food, wine and presentations. It’s a free event but RSVP’s are appreciated.
5:02 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Museums | 6 comments

14th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music fest in GGP this weekend

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival will take place in Golden Gate Park. The 14 year old festival features over 100 artists across 7 stages and admission is free. The event typically draws 750,000 concertgoers during the weekend.

Highlights in this year’s lineup include Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, The Time Jumpers Featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, Dawn Sears and Ranger Doug Green, Mavis Staples, Social Distortion, Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett, Dwight Yoakam, and Chris Isaak. View the full festival schedule

Festival hours are 10:30am to 7pm on Friday, 11am to 7:15pm on Saturday, and 11am until 7pm on Sunday. The stages are setup in three main areas of the park – Lindley Meadow, Marx Meadow and Hellman Hollow. The latter is named for the festival’s late founder and benefactor, Warren Hellman. Download the festival map

If you’re heading to the festival, be mindful of what you can and cannot bring. Coolers, blankets, and short-back chairs are all allowed. Cameras for photos and video are ok. Weather is expected to be toasty this weekend, with sunny skies and high temps in the 80s. So bring lots of water and sunscreen.

There will be vendors on-site selling food and non-alcoholic beverages. No alcohol will be for sale in the park, however, alcohol can be brought in as per park rules: no hard alcohol or glass is allowed; beer and wine is allowed but only in non-glass containers.

Many neighborhood schools open up their lots for parking fundraisers during the festival, including Argonne Elementary (680 18th Avenue @ Cabrillo), Lafayette Elementary (4545 Anza Street @ 36th), Presidio Middle School (450 30th Avenue @ Geary), and Washington High School (enter on 30th Ave between Geary & Anza). Parking fees range from $25 to $40 per day.

Self and valet bike parking will also be available on JFK Drive near Park Presidio and on Overlook Drive (which will be closed to car traffic). See the festival map for exact locations.

Ruckus is usually less than Outside Lands, but if you are a neighbor and have issues with parking or noise, call the festival hotline at (415) 386-8584.

Mobile apps are available for the festival for iPhone and Android and the HSB website will stream select performers from the various stages throughout the event. Check the Live Webcast page Friday for more details.

Rock on!

Sarah B.

9:30 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Live Music | 4 comments

Sunday in GGP: Alice Now & Zen concert featuring Neon Trees, Matt Nathanson

This Sunday, Alice Radio 97.3 is hosting their annual Now & Zen Fest at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park from 12noon until 5pm. This year’s lineup includes Neon Trees (3:30pm), Matt Nathanson (2:10pm), American Authors (1:05pm) and Lindsey Stirling (12:15pm).

The free concert is in its 16th year and also features “zensational” activities like Wheel of Karma giveaways, free pics at the Zen Lenz area and the chance to “Paint, glitter, color in your very own Now and Zen poster in the ARTIZEN area”.

Free bike valet parking is available at the event.

Sarah B.

5:12 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Live Music | Add comments