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Bazaar Bizarre in GGP this weekend

Sorry, I missed the memo on this one. Today and tomorrow is the “Bazaar Bizarre”, a large arts and crafts show at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.

The show includes over 120 vendors selling handmade crafts and gifts. You can also attend workshops, enter to win prizes in various raffles, plus enjoy some good food and music.

If you have some people on your list that are tough to shop for, this is a great chance to load up on creative trinkets and masterpieces.

Admission is just $2 per adult and free for kids 12 and under. The show is open 12noon to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sarah B.

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Police Blotter – December 11, 2009

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of December 11, 2009. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org or visit their website.]

Throughout this year Richmond Station officers have worked diligently on traffic enforcement and education. Our intent continues to be to reduce collision related injuries and make our neighborhoods safer for pedestrians and motorists. Our radar trailer indicating speed is deployed daily and year to date officers have issued 10,000 citations and arrested 124 drunk drivers.

During the past week, there were 26 traffic accidents, 8 involving injuries. There were 3 citations issued for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license. There were 4 arrests for driving under the influence.

On 12/07/09 at 2:00pm officers responded to Geary & Arguello on a report of graffiti on a MUNI coach. Officers immediately detained one juvenile male at the scene, and two other male juveniles were located at 2nd Avenue and Balboa a short time later. Witnesses told the officers that the three had gotten on the bus near 30th Avenue and Geary and the first suspect affixed a sticker to the inside of the bus. The second suspect began to do graffiti all over the walls and windows and then broke the glass cover on the emergency stop lever. The male pulled the lever causing the bus to come to a stop at 3rd Avenue and Geary Boulevard. The three juveniles then ran off the back door of the bus. Once outside they vandalized the outside of the bus. A passing motorist saw the suspects “tagging” the front of the bus. When the suspect saw he was being watched, he threw his paint pen marker at the car causing paint to splatter on the car. Two of the suspects were determined to be runaways and all three were charged with

On 12/09/09 at 3:10pm officers were in the area of 8th Avenue and Anza when they attempted to stop a vehicle for a moving violation. They vehicle sped off and went north on 7th Avenue from Anza Street. The vehicle finally stopped at 6th Avenue and Geary where a traffic stop was effected. Another officer, who was nearby, was stopped by a passerby who told the him that as the suspect vehicle traveled down 7th Avenue the driver tossed a loaded gun magazine out of the window. The officer found the magazine. A second magazine was found nearby and officers discovered brass knuckles and ammunition inside the suspect vehicle. The 29 year old male was charged with possession of prohibited weapons.

On 12/06/09 at 1:30am a victim was driving eastbound on Cornwall at 5th Avenue. The driver in front of him was driving erratically and the victim tooted his horn. The suspect, who was driving a black SUV, suddenly stopped his vehicle then reversed and hit the front of the victim’s car. The driver then sped off east on Cornwall.

On 12/07 between 10:30am and 6:30pm on the 1700 block of Pierce St, a suspect gained entry into an apartment and took a laptop, camera and jewelry. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 12/07 between 2:00pm and 7:00pm on the 600 block of Arguello, a suspect gained entry into an apartment garage and took a vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 12/08 at 3:50am on the 2200 block of Post St, a suspect gained entry into an office building and forced the door open to one of the offices. The loss is being determined and entry may have been made through a rear door.

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Bicyclist collides with school bus

A bicyclist was severely injured this morning around 7:30am when they collided with a school bus at the intersection of California Street and 24th Avenue.

The cyclist was taken to SF General Hospital and the CHP was called to the scene to conduct an investigation due to the school bus involvement.

The bus was believed to be headed to Alamo Elementary on 23rd Avenue. The students on board were shaken up but so far, no injuries reported.

KTVU.com reports that the bicyclist struck a side mirror on the bus and was knocked to the ground.

Thanks to RichmondSFBlog reader Dave for the report and photo. If I hear more, I’ll be sure to update you.

UPDATE: Foxreno.com(?) reports that the biker is Tony Felix Gallard, a 24-year old man from France. Gallard suffered a fractured right clavicle and laceration to his head after being clipped by the small school bus’ right side mirror. They confirmed that none of the six students on the bus were injured.

Sarah B.

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 9:35 am | Posted under News | 4 comments

Where to get Dungeness crab on the cheap

Grubstreet published a handy list of places in the city to buy Dungeness crab for less. This is one of my favorite meals so I was excited when a market near my house made the list.

Wing Hing Seafood Market at Clement and 7th made the list with a price of $3.66 per pound (the lowest was $2.99 in the Mission). The one catch is that you gotta buy ‘em alive.

I’m guessing they will put the crab out of its misery for you at time of purchase, or you can take them home, writhing in your grocery bag, and do it yourself. How fresh is fresh enough?

Not sure how to kill a crab with mercy? Check out the guy in the video below who spent his summer in Alaska doing just that, day after day. No narration necessary. Or check out this video, which is more of a step-by-step guide on how to clean and crack.

And if you would like to bond with your crab a bit before they depart, bone up on how to identify your crab’s gender and gross anatomy. Just so you know whether to refer to your tasty meal as John or Jane. ;)

Sarah B.

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Clouds over Sutro Baths (photo)

Photo by lauralhb

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Santa Claus coming to Angelina’s, Dec. 17

Ho, ho ho! Santa Claus and his merry self will make his annual appearance at Angelina’s Cafe & Deli on Thursday, December 17. If your kids can get through the paparazzi throngs which are sure to be in attendance, they can get their own picture taken with the jolly man in red.

The event will also include cookie decorating and a magic show featuring Professor Salamini, aka Mr. Rando, father to owner Angie Rando.

Enjoy Santa Claus and cookie decorating from 2pm until 3:45pm, followed by the magic show at 4pm. All events and activities are free.

And don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy to drop in the SF Firefighters Toy Program bin (age infant up to 12 years)!

Ho ho ho, Meeeeeeeerry Christmas!

Sarah B.

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More on the Conservatory’s garden railway exhibit

The Chronicle today has a nice article that goes into more depth on the Golden Gate Express Garden Railway that opened a few weeks ago at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. As you may recall, much of the landscape around the railroad is made from recycled materials. Well, that’s putting it nicely. It’s made from garbage. :)

One of the groups involved in the exhibit’s creation was The Bay Area Garden Railway Society, comprised of aficionados who have created and maintain their own garden railways at home.

Along with a former artist-in-residence from the city dump, the group created San Francisco landmarks using discarded goods recycled from the trash. Cereal boxes were transformed into “The Painted Ladies” row of victorian homes, City Hall’s dome was made from an old collander, and “the building’s Styrofoam core is clad with ice cube trays and refrigerator egg racks, and the front steps are a computer keyboard.”

This year’s railway also incoporates a soundscape to make the landscape come alive. Andrew Roth of Natural Sounds dangled mics from the Golden Gate Bridge to capture the fog horns, and incorporated his recordings of the historic sounds of the Castro Theater’s organ, along with the squawking Telegraph Hill’s wild parrots and the bark of the sea lions of Pier 39.

There’s even the sounds of a rumbling earthquake once an hour, of which conservatory staffer Dolores Gebhart says, “I hope people don’t start running from the building.”

Read the full Chronicle article here to learn more about how the Golden Gate Express Garden Railway was put together. Or check out more photos and video of the exhibit at SFAppeal.com.

See it now through April 18, 2010 at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am – 5pm.

Sarah B.

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Where do you dry your vegetables? (photo)

Photographer and neighbor Wolfgang Schubert snapped this pic of snow cabbage drying on a bamboo stick along someone’s front stair case. As Wolfgang points out, “the green-white steps made a nice color complement to the white-green of the Bok Choy leaves.”

Anyone know what this is in preparation for? A particular dish with dried cabbage in it?

Sarah B.

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