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Woody’s History Minute: Life Saving Station

Woody LaBounty of the Western Neighborhoods Project delights us with another interesting piece of neighborhood history, this time about the U.S. Life Saving Station that used to be at the edge of Golden Gate Park.

I’ve also seen a great picture of spectators that would gather on the beach when the station practiced their life saving drills; I’ll see if I can dig it up. See more of Woody’s History Minutes

Sarah B.

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Have you seen Cosmo the cat?

Matt and Denise got in touch to ask neighbors to watch for Cosmo who has gone missing. He lives in the backyards of 28th and 29th Avenues between Geary and Clement.

My wife and I have lived on 29th Ave for the last 9 years or so; and Cosmo was the first neighborhood feral cat that we adopted. More accurate would probably be that he adopted us. He is the sweetest, most friendly cat; and he’s been on our back steps for breakfast every morning since then.

If you’ve seen Cosmo, please call Matt at (650) 704-2964. And if you live near Cosmo’s domain, it would be great if you could print and post this flyer on your block: http://snark.net/Cosmo.pdf.

Good luck to Matt, Denise and Cosmo. We hope you find each other again,

Sarah B. & Chelsea

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Park your kids at the YMCA on Black Friday

The Richmond District YMCA is doing their part to boost our sagging economy this season by offering childcare on what many consider the most important shopping day of the season: the day after Thanksgiving.

From 6am to 2pm on November 27th, the YMCA will offer “Black Friday Childcare”, freeing up parents to hit all the big sales early for the best bargains (check out the BF ads here).

While you’re battling the crowds for that last bargain basement item, your kids can enjoy movies, arts & crafts, and a field trip to Argonne Park.

The cost is $50 per child or $75 for two siblings. That includes up to 8 hours of babysitting! The event is also a fundraiser with proceeds going to support the YMCA’s afterschool programs.

And best of all, they’ll be as tired as you are when you pick them up. ;)

Children must be between the ages of 5-11 years old to attend. Parents must provide lunch; the YMCA will provide a morning snack.

To reserve a spot for your kid(s), RSVP to Raquel Espana at 666-9605 or respana@ymcasf.org by Monday, November 23rd.

Sarah B.

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 11:26 pm | Posted under Kids, Shopping | Comments Off

Photos & Video from the Skirtchaser 5k

I ran in the Skirtchaser 5k this afternoon in Golden Gate Park. Put on by a women’s fitness apparel maker that specializes in running skirts, the race featured an initial start for the women, followed three minutes later by the men, aka the Skirtchasers.

A woman won the race, finishing in 18 minutes. And I will say, running in a skirt was a first for me but I highly recommend it. It was great!

Sarah B.

A few runners in their skirts before the race

A pre-race welcome from Skirt Sports’ CEO Nicole DeBoom

Even the guys got in on the skirt craze!

Some runners were more creative with their skirts.

And they’re off! The women started the race first.

Then it was the men’s turn a few minutes later.

If a woman had one of these stickers on her, it meant she wanted to be chased. ;)

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 5:28 pm | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Photos | 3 comments

“An Evening of Stars” at Star of the Sea School, Dec. 6

As part of their ongoing centennial year celebration, Star of the Sea School on 8th Avenue will host An Evening of Stars, a fashion show and holiday boutique on December 6th from 4:30pm – 7:00pm.

Tickets, which are only needed for the fashion show portion of the event, range from $20 up to $75 for VIP Level which includes a pre-show VIP reception catered by over a dozen local restaurants including Troya, Gamine French Bistro, Park Chalet Brewery, Schubert’s Bakery and La Vie.

Tickets can be purchased via mail or phone. To order via mail, fill out this form and mail it in to Star of the Sea School, 360-9th Avenue, S.F., CA 94118. To pay by phone with your credit card, call the Centennial hotline at 221-3399. All proceeds benefit the school.

Admission to the Holiday & Fashion Boutique is free (3pm – 7pm). The fashion show will be held at the Star of the Sea School gymnasium on 8th Avenue between Geary and Clement.

Sarah B.

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Police Blotter – November 13, 2009

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 13, 2009. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org or visit their website.]

During the last two weeks we have received four reports of burglaries at business in the Richmond District. In each case the suspect(s) seemed to be looking for cash or small items of value.

The burglaries all occurred during the evening hours and were perpetrated as follows:

- October 30, 2009 (10:30 PM to 8:00 AM the next day) on the 5000 Block of Geary: Entry was made by removing vent windows above the glass front door of a commercial establishment.

- October 30, 2009 (11:30 PM to 9:30 AM the next day) on the 5400 Block of Geary: Entry was made by smashing the front window a commercial establishment.

- October 31, 2009 (6:30 PM to November 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM) on the 1500 Block of Clement Street. Entry was made by removing a sliding metal gate from its track and then prying out a pane of glass from the front door.

- November 10, 2009 (7:00 PM to 8:50 AM the next morning) on the 1500 Block of Clement Street. Entry was made by forcing open the front door.

If you notice any suspicious activity, especially on Geary Boulevard or the Clement Street commercial zones, please call 911 immediately.

Please attend the next Community/Police Forum on November 17, 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Police Station, 461 6th Avenue. This month’s speaker is Major Jason Wu, Commanding Officer of the United States Park Police for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

During the past week, there were 21 traffic accidents, 8 involving injuries. There were 6 citations issued for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license. There were 3 arrests for driving under the influence.

On 11/07/09 at 7:57pm officers responded to 7th and Fulton on a call of a male screaming and yelling who had knocked over a motorcycle. The caller stated that the male and the female who was accompanying him appeared to be intoxicated. Officers located the two at 8th Avenue and Cabrillo and observed that the male suspect was stumbling around and couldn’t speak. Officers also located the motorcycle lying on its side. The caller identified the suspect as the one he had witnessed knocking over the bike. The male suspect was also found to be in possession of narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia. The female was 17 years of age and released to her father. The 19 year old male was charged arrested.

On 11/08/09 at 3:10pm officers were called to an assault that had just occurred at the Big Rec baseball field in Golden Gate Park. The two teams that were playing got into a “bench clearing brawl” over a call made by an umpire. A third team who was sitting in the bleachers decided that they needed to get involved as well. One of the members of the third team struck one of the players over the head with a baseball bat which caused a serious injury. The injured player was taken to a local hospital and the suspect, a 32 year old male, was charged with aggravated assault.

On 11/11/09 at 1:54pm officers were patrolling in the area of 23rd Avenue and Geary when they observed a known auto burglar standing on the corner. The officers knew that the suspect was on parole and detained him. He was found to be in possession of burglar tools, a violation of his parole and for which he was arrested.

On 11/11/09 at 10:45pm plainclothes officers were in the area of 4th Avenue and Fulton due to auto burglaries in the area. They observed two males walking east on Fulton, on the park side of the street, looking into the windows of parked vehicles. The suspects continued this behavior for
several blocks and were detained by the officers. One of the Suspects, a 28 year old male, was in possession of narcotics and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The other male was released at the scene.

Between 11/06/09 at 6:30pm and 11/07/09 at 9:15am on the 100 block of 7th Avenue a suspect entered a garage and broke into two vehicles parked inside. The suspect took a jacket from one of the vehicles. There were no signs of forced entry.

Between 11/08/09 at 5:00pm and 11/11/09 12:30pm a suspect broke into a vacant home on the 500 block of 11th Avenue. The house is up for sale and is currently being staged with rental furniture. The suspect took various items of furniture that were in the home by possibly backing up a van to the home in the early hours of morning.

Between 11/10/09 at 4:00pm and 7:45am the next morning a suspect spray painted the children’s play area at a park on the 900 block of Anza. The markings were hate related and lewd.

On 11/11/09 at 4:39am three males wearing masks and armed with handguns entered a drug store on the 5200 block of Geary. One of males demanded cash while pointing a gun at an employee. The males all fled to a vehicle and drove off west on Geary Boulevard. The males were all wearing dark clothing. The vehicle was described as a light colored 4 door sedan.

Between 11/10/09 at 7:00pm and 9:15the next morning a suspect entered a business on the 1500 block of Clement Street and took cash from the register. The suspect gained entry by prying open the front door.

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 12:13 pm | Posted under Crime | Comments Off

Mapping our neighborhood’s history

The Western Neighborhood Project (WNP) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to preserve and share the history and culture of the neighborhoods in western San Francisco.

The organization has a great website at outsidelands.org that is full of articles, interviews and photos that document our neighborhood’s history. I’ve featured a lot of their material here on the blog.

Recently, they put out a call for help with mapping their historical images and articles, all 2000 of them. Their mission is to provide a complete map with each photo and article designated by its location in the western part of San Francisco. That way, visitors can more easily hone in on the history of their neighborhood, even their very block.

Check out the map here; as of this writing they’ve plotted 210 items. Just click a teardrop to view the article or photo.

To help the WNP with this mapping effort, send them a message via their contact page to let them know you’re interested. Don’t worry – it’s work you can do right from your home computer, in your pajamas if you prefer. ;)

Sarah B.

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 6:06 am | Posted under History, Volunteer | Comments Off

Thanksgiving dinner options in the neighborhood

I make a mean breakfast but that’s pretty much the extent of my culinary skills. So if I was hosting Thanksgiving, I am sure I would be turning to someone else to do all the heavy lifting.

I’ve come across a couple of options for getting your fill of turkey on November 26 without destroying your kitchen (or your patience). If you know of others in the neighborhood, leave it in a comment and I’ll add it to the post. I bet some of you know great places to get pies…

Sarah B.

Thanksgiving at Beach Chalet / Park Chalet
In addition to the traditional bird, the Beach Chalet offers choices like rack of lamb, dayboat scallops and vegetarian pasta as part of its three-course prix fixe (noon–10 PM; $39 per adult, $19 per child under 12), while the Park Chalet will be offering a bottomless champagne buffet featuring traditional favorites and alternatives like peel-and-eat shrimp, Caesar salad, house-smoked salmon flatbread and chocolate-dipped strawberries (noon–10 PM; $39 per adult, $19 per child under 12). Visit their website to view menus and make reservations. [via Zagat's Guide to Thanksgiving in SF ]

All the fixings from Angelina’s Cafe & Deli
Whether you need sides, just turkey, or the whole Thanksgiving meal, Angelina’s has got it covered. Place your order by November 20 and then pick up the goods the day before Thanksgiving. Menu items include roasted turkey breast (5 lbs. for $36, serves 6), rye bread stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallows, roasted brussel sprouts with chorizo, traditional creamy mashed potatoes and more. Most sides are $12-$16 per quart. They’ve got pumpkin and pecan pies too for $19 each. To order, stop by Angelina’s at California and 22nd Avenue or call 387-2222.

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 4:26 pm | Posted under Food | Comments Off