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Win tickets to this week’s Bouquets to Art at the de Young

Tomorrow the de Young kicks off the 26th annual Bouquets to Art exhibition. Beautiful, fresh flower arrangements are prepared and displayed alongside pieces in the de Young’s collection.

Bouquets to Art 2010 celebrates the upcoming landmark Impressionism exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay that will be on view at the de Young Museum shortly after the close of Bouquets to Art.

Bouquets to Art only runs from April 20-24 (we’re talking fresh flowers here!), but you can still score some free tickets from RichmondSFBlog. Just use the contact form to send me an email with the name and address of any flower store in the Richmond District. Winners will be drawn randomly from correct entries.

Because this exhibition is so short, the deadline for entries is noon tomorrow. I’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets.

If you don’t win, tickets are available online at the de Young website. $20 Adult, $17 Senior (65+), $16 Youth (13-17), Children 12 and under are free.

Bouquets to Art can be seen Tuesday through Saturday, April 20 – 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. with extended hours on Friday, April 23, until 8:45 p.m.

Good luck!

Sarah B.

Bouquets to Art 2006. Inspired by Wayne Thiebaud, Three Machines, 1963

Bouquets to Art 2007. Inspired by Mel Ramos, Superman, 1962

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 1:28 pm | Posted under Art, Golden Gate Park, Museums | 2 comments

Strong show of support for Louis’ Diner

I stopped by the “Friends of Louis’ Diner” event today. The restaurant, which has been run by three generations of the Hontalas family for 73 years, is facing possible closure as their lease is up for renewal.

According to federal law, the business, which sits on federal land, is open to other bidders. The diner will submit a bid to the National Park Service, which includes improvements to the property and a request for a multi-year lease.

The diner invited supporters to come out to show their support and enjoy free hot dogs, IT’S IT ice cream, and Louis’ Coney Island clam chowder. They also held a free raffle for diner t-shirts and sweatshirts.

A couple of hundred people dropped by, many of them patrons that have been going to Louis’ Diner for many years, some for decades.

I met one married couple who have been eating at Louis’ since the 1940s. They remembered ice skating at Sutro Baths down the block and then coming to Louis’ afterwards.

Sutro Baths historian Tom Bratton, who eats there about once a week, was there to show his support. He said his father was a manager at Sutro Baths and when the Hontalas family first opened the diner, his father used to come to the restaurant to help them with their English lessons.

I asked Tom what the best strategy was for securing the prized corner booth at Louis’, which overlooks the ruins of the Sutro Baths and the blue Pacific. He laughed and said “Good luck!” But then he told me they open at 6:30am so perhaps if I was first in line, I’d get it one day. ;)

If you’d like to show your support for Louis’ Diner to stay in business, you can sign the online petition, or email a story, memory (even a sentence!) to louisrestaurant1937@gmail.com which they will include with their bid to the National Park Service. If you prefer, mail in your words of support to: Louis’ Restaurant, 902 Point Lobos Road, San Francisco, CA 94121.

The Chronicle also had a nice article today about Louis’.

Sarah B.

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 6:13 pm | Posted under Food, History | 5 comments

A colorful bounty

Photo by madmethod.

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Community policing info meeting, April 21

As you may remember, last December a 9th Avenue resident was the victim of a violent assault after pulling into his garage. As a RichmondSFBlog reader, you probably have read the police blotter from time to time, silently hoping that the crimes you read about will never happen to you.

One way to help prevent crime is through neighborhood watch groups and preparedness. On Wednesday night, April 21, the Friends of Mountain Lake Park and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS) are hosting a meeting to discuss community policing efforts that can help make the neighborhood safer for everyone.

Captain Correia from the SFPD Richmond District Station (take a tour), along with Irina Chatsova, SFSAFE’s Public Safety Coordinator, and Lt. Erica Arteseros, from the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) will have a discussion with the community regarding crime prevention strategies and neighborhood emergency preparedness.

Whether you’re interested in personal safety or want to learn more about how to organize your own neighborhood watch group, come to the meeting which will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 4620 California Street from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

For more information contact Kirsten Macaulay at 415-554-6683 or Kirsten.Macaulay@sfgov.org.

Stay safe out there!

Sarah B.

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 7:35 am | Posted under Community, Safety | Comments Off

Give your input on equipment for the new Fulton Playground, April 21

Hopefully by now you’ve heard that Lincoln Playground has re-opened. Be sure to stop by and check out the new play areas, pristeen lawn and fun equipment.

Next on the list in Richmond District playground remodels is Fulton Playground on 27th Avenue between Cabrillo and Fulton. The project will include the repair and/or renovation of the clubhouse, the two children’s play areas, and courts; restoration of existing roads and pathways; upgrades to the infrastructure including lighting, modifications to the site to remove barriers and improve accessibility, and overall reconditioning of the park landscape.

After 18 months of planning, the project is entering the design phase. On Wednesday night, April 21, the Friends of Fulton Playground will host a community meeting to discuss equipment options for the park. Representatives from the Department of Public Works and San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department will also be there to hear from residents.

The meeting will be held at the Fulton Playground Clubhouse from 6:30 – 8pm.

Come to the meeting to share your ideas for new play structures, toys and more. If you’re passionate about rock walls or think that rope towers are where it’s at, the design team would love to hear your ideas.

Even if you can’t attend the meeting, join the Friends of Fulton Playground Yahoo! group and submit your feedback there.

A lot of my friends who are parents love to visit different parks in the neighborhood with their kids. So it would be great to have different structures than what was put in at Lincoln Playground.

Construction, which is funded by the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, is scheduled for completion by May 2012. For more information on the Richmond District playground renovation projects and to monitor their status, visit the Rec & Park Capital Projects website (click on 1. Richmond to get started).

Play on!

Sarah B.

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 10:21 pm | Posted under Kids, Parks | 3 comments

Come out Saturday to celebrate 30 years of the Fort Miley ropes course

Did you know there’s a ropes course tucked into the trees at Land’s End? It’s known as the Fort Miley ropes course and this Saturday, they’re inviting the public out to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Come out from 1pm – 4pm to try out the different challenges in the course including a zip line, a tight line walk across the trees, and another gut wrencher where you climb a tall ladder up to a pole and leap out to hit a target. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of safety harnesses and protection for all the activities.

The open house is geared for all ages, so stop by to face your fears or just to gawk at other brave souls. ;) I was on the ropes course a few years ago and it was a lot of fun. The pics below are of a school group that was there recently. I encourage you to check it out!

To find the Fort Miley ropes course, head out on Geary towards the beach. It turns into Point Lobos Boulevard and at the light, turn right on El Camino del Mar and go straight up the hill into the parking lot. The ropes course is up the hill from the parking lot, tucked in the trees. See the map below for a closer look.

After the ropes course challenge, the 30th anniversary celebration will continue at the Lincoln Park Golf Course clubhouse from 6pm – 9pm where you can join other ropes course enthusiasts for food, prizes, a DJ, and fun activities. All free!

The Fort Miley ropes course is managed by the Pacific Leadership Institute; more info here.

Sarah B.

The red “X” marks the spot where the ropes course is located.

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 6:04 pm | Posted under Events, Kids | 4 comments

Finally! Lincoln Park Playground open for business

Thanks to RichmondSFBlog reader Casey for the tip. Lincoln Park Playground is now open. Stop by to check out the new play structures, seat walls, tables, swings and more.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place next Friday, April 23 at 4pm. Enjoy!

Sarah B.

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 3:10 pm | Posted under Kids, Parks | 17 comments

The ins & outs of social networking, April 21

Next Wednesday, yours truly will be at the Richmond Branch Library to talk about the ins and outs of social networking services like Facebook and Twitter.

If you’ve ever heard “Oh I saw that on Facebook” or keep receiving invitations from Facebook friends but haven’t taken the plunge, here’s your chance to find out what the service is about, how it works, and how you can benefit.

I’ll also talk about Twitter – what it is, how you use it, and why it’s a pretty useful tool for keeping up with trends and interesting people. Plus we’ll discuss how you can use social networking services to market and promote your business or organization.

The event is free and starts at 7pm at the Richmond District Branch of the SF Public Library, 351 9th Avenue. See you there!

Sarah B.

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 10:30 am | Posted under Events | 2 comments