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Ocean Beach: Sea of glass

“Sea of glass” by mikedthorn | Ocean Beach Flickr group

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Beach It for Valentine’s Day at the Balboa

Looking for something fun and light for Valentine’s Day? Head out to the Balboa Theater for a screening of Beach Blanket Bingo, hosted by cult movie group Thrillville.

Released originally in 1965, Beach Blanket Bingo, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, is considered the best of the 60′s beach flicks. This one has it all: surf music, teenage romance, beautiful scenery, bikers, bikinis, go-go dancing, and even a mermaid!

Along with the fun film you’ll get to see vintage drive-in movie trailers (making out during these is optional), prizes and even a live performance from San Francisco’s leading lady of burlesque, Kitten on the Keys. From her website photo, she looks like a walking candy heart…

Tickets are just $10 and the beach party starts at 7:30pm. Cowabunga!

Sarah B.

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Bubble magic in Golden Gate Park

How Does It Sound? blog posted some great pics and video of a bubble artist in Golden Gate Park last week. I’m not sure “bubble artist” is a real hobby or profession, but he’s definitely creating art.


Sarah B.

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Police Blotter – February 5, 2010

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of February 5, 2010. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org or visit their website.]

Crime Advisory: During the month of January we experienced a significant increase in auto thefts in the district. We had eleven auto thefts in December and twenty-eight in January. The January count includes eight Hondas and ten Toyotas. Nineteen of the cars stolen were manufactured between 1991 and 2001, and imports accounted for twenty-four of the vehicles.

Owners of older model imported vehicles should garage their cars if possible. If you have garage space you should use it. If you have to park on the street you should select overnight parking carefully. In this connection it is better to park where there are street lights, foot traffic and residences. If you have choices don’t park in front of a vacant building, far away from a street light or in front of a park or playground.

If you become suspicious about a person and believe they may be intent on committing a crime, please call the police right away by dialing 911.

During the past week, there were 15 traffic accidents,7 involving injuries. There were 5 citations issued for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license. There were 4 arrests for driving under the influence.

On 01/30/10 at 3:05pm a 23 year old woman left her home and got into her vehicle. She intentionally hit two other occupied vehicles, one on the 800 block of 43rd Ave, and the other on Chain of Lakes Drive, inside Golden Gate Park. After the second accident, the suspect asked a witness for a ride downtown and attempted to get into the witness’s vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect. Several of the occupants in the other vehicles who were injured slightly were transported to local hospitals. The suspect was charged with hit and run and child

On 02/02/10 at 5:50pm officers were riding on a 38 Geary MUNI line, traveling eastbound. Officers were checking passengers for proof of payment when they came across a 22 year old male. This individual was unable to provide valid proof of payment, and then got angry at the officers when they explained the process to him. The suspect became more agitated on the bus and began swearing, and the officers took him off the bus at 12th and Geary. When they told the suspect he was going to be issued a citation, he told them “you’re not giving me a f—–g ticket.” He began to flex his muscles and clench his fists and the officers were able to detain him after a brief struggle. The male was charged with the fare evasion and resisting arrest.

On 02/03/10 at 7:20pm a victim was opening the lobby door to enter her apartment building near Balboa and Arguello. A male who had passed her on the street just moments prior, walked up to the lobby door and used his shoulder to keep the door open. The victim tried to shut the door but the suspect refused to move. The suspect then asked the victim for her phone number and when she said no, he grabbed her in a personal area and fled. Officers located the suspect at 2nd and Balboa and detained him. The 23 year old male was charged with a narcotics violation and sexual battery. The male was also wanted for a parole violation.

On 01/29/10, between 6:30am and 10:30am, on the 1700 block of Clement, a suspect went into an open business and pried open a change machine. The loss was currency and coins from the machine.

On 02/01/10 at 1:00am officers were called to the 3000 block of Jackson on a report of a possible burglary in progress. The caller stated that he heard glass break in the area. Officers saw that a garage door of an apartment building was wide open. The suspect apparently broke a window to gain access to the garage and took a bicycle.

On 02/02/10 between 5:45pm and 7:30pm on the 1300 block of Clement, a suspect entered into an apartment building via unknown means. Once inside the suspect pried open the door to an apartment and took jewelry and a

On 02/03/10 at 10:10pm a victim left a drinking establishment near 19th Avenue and Clement and was assaulted by two males. While he was on the ground one of the males took his wallet from his back pocket and fled south on 19th Avenue. The suspects were described as males in their 20’s, one wearing a red shirt and blue jeans; the other was in dark clothing.

On 02/03/10, at 11:33pm, a suspect walked into a business on the 2900 block of Pacific armed with a gun and wearing a mask. The victim gave the suspect cash from the drawer and the suspect fled the scene.

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Blues for babes at the Richmond Library, Feb. 9

Next Tuesday afternoon, take your little one by the Richmond Library for some musical education in the art of the Blues.

Noted Bay Area musician Henry Oden of The Golden Gate Blues Society will be on hand to teach kids the rudiments of the blues via history, songwriting, and music appreciation. The program will include group participation and live music.

The event is for kids age 3 to 12 years, and takes place from 3-4pm at the Richmond Library, 351 9th Avenue. Check out Henry Oden grooving in the video below.

Sarah B.

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Learn magic tricks at the Bazaar Cafe, Feb. 10

Next Wednesday night, put on your cape, grab the magic wand and head over to the Bazaar Cafe for some magical apprenticeship.

The cafe has a new event this year called “How-To Night” where once a month, they’ll feature mini workshops on a variety of topics. Even magic!

The magic workshop is free and will be taught by professional magician Robert Strong. Twice voted the Bay Guardian’s “Best Comedian in SF,” this how-to seminar should also be pretty humorous.

Any magician worth his or her salt should have some supplies on hand for the class. They suggest you bring some coins, a deck of cards, a dollar bill, a business card, a pencil, 6 feet of rope, scissors, and $1 donation to cover other supplies. If you don’t have all of these items, don’t worry, the cafe will supply extras.

The magic starts Wednesday night at 7pm at the Bazaar Cafe on California near 21st Avenue. Check out Robert’s abracadabra below.

Sarah B.

[Via FunCheapSF]

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We have t-shirts!

I finally got zazzling and put together a small store of RichmondSFBlog blog merchandise. We’ve got t-shirts for her, him and the kids, plus sweatshirts (plain and hooded), and a few other novelty items like mugs, an apron and a pet shirt. Yes, you read that right. Don’t they get cold in the fog too? ;)

Most of the items have the full site logo on it (with URL), but a few have just a straight up “Richmond District” logo. Each item is available in lots of sizes, styles and colors. And when you’re shopping for an item, click the “Customize It” button for even more options (like if you want to add a pithy tagline to the back of your shirt).

Shop the RichmondSFBlog Store

Happy shopping!

Sarah B.

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Youth Soccer Clinic with the YMCA

Beginning next Sunday, February 14, the Richmond District YMCA will offer a weekly soccer clinic for kids age 6-9 years old.

Classes meet on Sundays from 11am – 12:30pm in Golden Gate Park. The 4-week program runs until March 7.

Registration ends next Monday, February 8. Please call the YMCA at 666-9605 or drop by 360 18th Avenue for more information.

Sarah B.

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