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Spring break camp for kids at the YMCA, March 29 – April 2

Spring break is coming up and if you’re looking for something fun for your kids, check out the Richmond District YMCA’s Spring Camp.

The camp runs from March 29 through April 2 and features a trip to the farm, planting a vegetable garden and creating an organic meal.

The cost is $250 for the week. For more information, stop by the Richmond District YMCA on 18th Avenue near Geary or call Raquel at 666-9605.

Sarah B.

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Creature Features at the Balboa, March 25

This Thursday, the Balboa will present a night of Creature Features, inspired by the KTVU show from the 1970s that featured horror movies hosted by John Stanley.

Hosted by John Stanley, Creature Features will show the film, Horror Express, in which a train speeding through the trans-Siberian wilderness is terrorized by a supernatural entity with blazing red eyeballs who mesmerizes his victims and turns them into corpses with bleeding eyeball sockets. Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas.

In addition to the film, you’ll see vintage footage 1970s commercials, John Stanley’s classic four-part interview with actor/voice impressionist Frank Gorshin, and Bob Wilkins’ interview with John Stanley on Market Street in downtown San Francisco (not seen since 1977!).

The creepiness begins at 7:30pm; advance tickets available here.

Sarah B.

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Joe’s Ice Cream moving after 50 years

Since 1959, Joe’s Ice Cream has sat on the corner of 18th Avenue and Geary. Its black and white sign is like a beacon in the Richmond, drawing in drooling kids and nostalgic parents. Joe’s is one of the few places in San Francisco that serves homemade ice cream.

Starting in late May, Joe’s Ice Cream will move just a half block down Geary to a new location that used to be Posh Bagel at 5420 Geary. It’s under plywood at the moment while Joe’s converts the former bakery to another ice cream mecca.

I’m told the move is due to rising rent in their current location. I’m thrilled Joe’s will remain a Richmond District tradition but will be a little saddened to see them lose their coveted corner location and eye-catching signage.

Thank to RichmondSFBlog reader Stacy for the tip!

Sarah B.

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Victory garden seminar at the Library, March 24

This Wednesday, learn the basics of home victory gardening from SF native Dennis Granahan, who works at a local plant nursery and has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture.

Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the US, UK, Canada and Germany during World War I and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort.

In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil “morale booster” — in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. This made victory gardens become a part of daily life on the home front. [Source: Wikipedia]

The free seminar runs from 6:30 – 7:30pm. It is part of the SF Public Library’s Green Stacks program, which discusses important issues like global warming, exploring San Francisco’s unique recycling programs and offering creative workshops for children and adults such as craft projects using recycled materials.

Sarah B.

Two American war gardeners in 1918, Washington, D.C. or vicinity. Photo from Library of Congress.

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Examiner editorial on the Alexandria: Stop fooling around

Today’s Examiner featured an editorial about the state of the abandoned Alexandria Theater:

It’s long past time for the San Francisco Planning and Building Inspection departments to stop fooling around with the blighted Alexandria Theater. The once glamorous 2,000-seat movie house was shut down six years ago and has steadily degenerated into a public nuisance that has neighbors and businesses pleading for help…

It is imperative for The City to continue using both the carrot and the stick to bring the Alexandria owners to the table and expedite a project that does credit to the Richmond district’s bustling primary thoroughfare.

Read the full editorial here

Sarah B.

Related stories:
Alexandria Theater is now on the vacant building list
Shuttered Alexandria Theater evades upkeep [SF Examiner]
More on the Alexandria Theater development from Supervisor Mar
New plans revealed for the Alexandria; possible supper club

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Free pastry day at Starbucks on Tuesday, March 23

If Starbucks is part of your daily ritual, enjoy a free pastry on them next Tuesday. From 5am to 10:30am get a free pastry of your choice (croissant, muffin, morning buns, etc..) with the purchase of any handcrafted, brewed or iced beverage.

To get your free pastry, print out the coupon (also included below) and present it to your barista. Or save a tree and show it to them on your smartphone.

Starbucks in and around the Richmond District:

Geary near 19th Avenue | 5am – 9pm
California near Spruce | open 24 hours
Masonic at Fulton | 5am – 8:30pm

Sarah B.

[via FuncheapSF]

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 7:58 am | Posted under Food, Free stuff | 1 comment

Happy first day of Spring!

Flowers bloom at the de Young in Golden Gate Park, March 16, 2010. Photo by madmethod

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Richmond District historian to be honored by Board of Supervisors

When I first started this blog, my history bible for the neighborhood was a book called San Francisco’s Richmond District by Lorri Ungaretti.

Lorri’s book is full of great photos and history of the district, detailing our beginnings as the Outside Lands where sand ruled, to the Richmond becoming a destination for sin with road houses, race tracks and beer halls, to our current state as a fogged in, sleepy neighborhood of various ethnicities and generations.

Lorri was even kind enough to participate in a blog project with me last Fall. She starred as a historical expert in a humorous Halloween video where we revisited the Richmond District’s earliest residents, the cemeteries. She was a good sport and was full of great information and enthusiasm, both on camera and off.

So I was delighted to learn from the Inside the Outside Lands blog that on March 30, 2010, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will honor Lorri Ungaretti as part of Women’s History Month. The theme for this year’s recognition is “Writing Women Back into History,” and Lorri’s excellent work as a chronicler of local history makes her a superb choice for the spotlight.

Apart from being a Richmond District historian, Lorri serves on the boards of the Western Neighborhoods Project and the San Francisco History Association. She has been a longtime volunteer for City Guides.

Supervisor Carmen Chu nominated Lorri, and the Board will recognize her along with other San Francisco women from the fields of ecology, art, politics and sports at City Hall on March 30 at 3:30pm. A reception will be held after in the North Light Court and is open to the public.

Congratulations, Lorri! As a Richmond District resident and local history buff, your work is greatly appreciated. So I’m thrilled that you’re getting some well deserved recognition.

Sarah B.

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