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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 Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila took home the best in show gold prize this year, with their sculpture of a sand dragon encircling a pyramid. The silver best in show went to Redding Elementary School for their locally flavored sculpture which depicted the Golden Gate Bridge and Victorian homes.
The best in show gold sculpture by The Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila
The third place best in show bronze award went to Miraloma Elementary School for their depiction of Harry Potter as a Vitruvian Man, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Neighborhood school George Peabody Elementary earned an award for the best site signage thanks to a wooden camel that accompanied their sculptures of the sphinx and the pyramids.
2012′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.
Congratulations to all who participated in this fun event – it was a great day!
The silver best in show scultpure from Redding Elementary School
The bronze best in show sculpture from Miraloma Elementary School
The sculpture and winning signage from George Peabody Elementary School
At about 3:45am this morning, SFFD responded to a fire at the Internet Archive at 1100 Clement between 12th Avenue and Funston.
The blaze consumed the side office of the Internet Archive, which housed the archive’s equipment for scanning books and old movies. The book scanning is part of the organization’s Digital Books Collections which includes over 5 million books and items from over 1,500-curated collections. The equipment was also being used to scan old home movies that are used in Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes San Francisco films every year.
No one was injured in the fire, and Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle said the 7 to 10 office staff that worked in the building will temporarily relocate to their Richmond, CA facility. The damaged building was originally built in the 1940′s and used as a Christian Science reading room.
The former church next door, which also belongs to the Internet Archive, was not damaged in the fire.
Kahle was in remarkably good spirits when we spoke to him around 9am this morning, and was optimistic about their plans to rebuild the office. He said they mostly lost electronic equipment including cameras and scanners, and thankfully no cultural materials were destroyed in the fire. He said he was still waiting for word from the SFFD on what exactly caused the fire.
The fire was brought under control at around 5am this morning, but as of 9am, SFFD was still on the scene to watch for any lingering hot spots. On the nextdoor website, one neighbor reported seeing smoke from the fire as far over as 15th Avenue.
The Internet Archive was founded in 1996 for the purpose of building an all digital library to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections.
Originally located in the Presidio, the Archive moved to its Clement Street location in 2009.
The organization is most well known for its Wayback Machine which allows users to look up old versions of nearly any website on the internet. During the recent federal shutdown, shuttered government websites were redirecting traffic to the Internet Archive’s service so consumers could get access to their web content.
UPDATE: In a company blog post, the Internet Archive estimates that they lost $600,000 worth of high end digitization equipment. If you are interested in donating to help them rebuild their scanning center, you can donate through the IA website.
Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle (L) talks to a reporter
George Washington High School vs. Lincoln High School, 10/31/13. Photo by Hugh Stickney
The 69th annual “Bell Game” took place between the George Washington High School Eagles and the Lincoln High School Mustangs last week, on the field with the best Bay view in the city.
Unfortunately GWHS got their lunch handed to them in a 40-7 loss. Let’s hope they can bring the victory bell back next year!
Sarah B.11:09 am | Posted under Photos, Schools, Sports | 2 comments
One of our friends (and readers) who is a teacher, created this costume to wear to her classroom today, complete with t-shirt from Park Life on Clement Street. And yes, that’s a Golden Gate Bridge tower sticking out of her head.
We love it! Happy Halloween everyone!
Sarah B.4:15 am | Posted under Photos | 3 comments
Temperatures were chilly and the sun was nowhere to be found. But that wasn’t enough to deter thousands of hearty Richmond District residents from coming out for the first Sunday Streets in the neighborhood.
Beginning Sunday morning, Clement Street between Arguello and Funston, and Arguello between Clement and Fulton were closed off to cars and parking. The regular Sunday Farmer’s Market was doubled to run 4 blocks, and dozens of businesses and organizations came out to set up along the Sunday Streets route. Check out the video above for highlights from the day (photos also available on Flickr).
Along the way we came upon zumba enthusiasts, lots of bicyclists, live bands, dogs galore, merchants set up outside their businesses, a cotton candy maker, a pack of alpacas, a woman spewing bubbles out the back of her bike seat, a very well-dressed Alice in Wonderland rabbit, kids getting a driver’s view from a DPW street sweeping truck, wee children learning to ride a bike, Sea Scouts teaching people how to tie knots, lots of Bluegrass, and much more.
It was great to have Sunday Streets in the neighborhood. We think the route could be consolidated to just Clement Street as things were pretty spread out. Perhaps run it on Clement and on Arguello just between Geary and Clement…
What did you think of Sunday Streets? Leave a comment to let us know! Sunday Streets also has an official survey for the event. Take it and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a messenger bag from Rickshaw Bagworks and Sunday Streets T-shirts. Survey closes Thursday November 7.