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Holiday decor workshops at Conservatory, Richmond Library – Nov. 13 & 20

The holidays are just around the corner and both the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park and the Richmond District Library are offering workshops where you can learn to make your own decorations.

Living and Up-cycled Wreaths: a design workshop | November 13 @ 6pm
Richmond District Library, 351 9th Avenue
Artist and floral designer Sarah Glanville will share techniques and design tips to help you create beautiful, long-lasting, one of a kind holiday wreaths out of materials from your home or garden. After a demonstration of living and up-cycled wreaths, participants will create their own. A wreath frame, tools and some decorative materials will be provided. Space is limited to 20 students so participants must pre-register. Call 415-355-5600 or email dkimmel@sfpl.org.

Glass Terrarium Ornament Making | November 13 @ 2pm
Conservatory of Flowers
Join Brandi Chalker of Sunshine & Succulents for a succulent terrarium ornament workshop. Each participant will receive 2-3 glass ornaments to fill with tiny, lovely succulents. Take them home for the holidays or give them as a gift. Tickets are $45 General Admission, and $35 for Conservatory of Flowers members.

Holiday Centerpiece Making with Succulents and Cuttings | November 20 @ 2pm
Conservatory of Flowers
In this “make-and-take” workshop, Sloat Garden Center’s Jennie Strobel shows you how to make unique, non-traditional centerpieces featuring succulents and tillandsias that will beautify your holiday table for months with proper care. Sloat will provide the base, soil, plants, and supplies you need to create your masterpiece. Tickets are $50 for general Admission, $40 for Conservatory members.

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Part of Internet Archive building badly burned in early morning fire

At about 3:45am this morning, SFFD responded to a fire at the Internet Archive at 1100 Clement between 12th Avenue and Funston.

The blaze consumed the side office of the Internet Archive, which housed the archive’s equipment for scanning books and old movies. The book scanning is part of the organization’s Digital Books Collections which includes over 5 million books and items from over 1,500-curated collections. The equipment was also being used to scan old home movies that are used in Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes San Francisco films every year.

No one was injured in the fire, and Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle said the 7 to 10 office staff that worked in the building will temporarily relocate to their Richmond, CA facility. The damaged building was originally built in the 1940’s and used as a Christian Science reading room.

The former church next door, which also belongs to the Internet Archive, was not damaged in the fire.

Kahle was in remarkably good spirits when we spoke to him around 9am this morning, and was optimistic about their plans to rebuild the office. He said they mostly lost electronic equipment including cameras and scanners, and thankfully no cultural materials were destroyed in the fire. He said he was still waiting for word from the SFFD on what exactly caused the fire.

The fire was brought under control at around 5am this morning, but as of 9am, SFFD was still on the scene to watch for any lingering hot spots. On the nextdoor website, one neighbor reported seeing smoke from the fire as far over as 15th Avenue.

The Internet Archive was founded in 1996 for the purpose of building an all digital library to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections.

Originally located in the Presidio, the Archive moved to its Clement Street location in 2009.

The organization is most well known for its Wayback Machine which allows users to look up old versions of nearly any website on the internet. During the recent federal shutdown, shuttered government websites were redirecting traffic to the Internet Archive’s service so consumers could get access to their web content.

UPDATE: In a company blog post, the Internet Archive estimates that they lost $600,000 worth of high end digitization equipment. If you are interested in donating to help them rebuild their scanning center, you can donate through the IA website.

Sarah B.

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle (L) talks to a reporter

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Photo: 10th & goal at the 69th annual Bell Game

George Washington High School vs. Lincoln High School, 10/31/13. Photo by Hugh Stickney

The 69th annual “Bell Game” took place between the George Washington High School Eagles and the Lincoln High School Mustangs last week, on the field with the best Bay view in the city.

Unfortunately GWHS got their lunch handed to them in a 40-7 loss. Let’s hope they can bring the victory bell back next year!

Sarah B.

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Public meeting for upcoming renewal of “Our Children, Our City” fund, Nov. 6

This Wednesday, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, along with Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, and senior leaders from the City and SFUSD, will host a public community meeting to get input from residents on the Children’s Fund and Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF).

The fund, which provides $100 million to youth programs across the city, is expiring soon, and leading up to its probable renewal, the city is seeking feedback from parents, teachers, service providers and others who have experienced programs and services paid for by the fund during the last decade.

Here in the neighborhood, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, Richmond District YMCA and a number of other agencies receive funding from the PEEF to provide after school services, as well as some of the adult programs at the Richmond Village Beacon (part of the RDNC). Some wellness programs in the schools also receive funding from the PEEF.

While most people involved with the fund believe a renewal is likely, the purpose of the community meetings is to get feedback and guidance on how the funds should be allocated in the future. What is up for discussion is whether the funds, or at least some of them, might be ratified to continue indefinitely, whether there are other services that should be included in the fund (e.g. Youth formerly in foster care) or early childhood, as well as how the funds should be allocated and governed.

The meeting takes place this Wednesday at the Academy of Sciences from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. If you plan to attend, please RSVP on Facebook, by emailing cng@rdnc.org or calling 751-6600. Childcare, translation and food will be provided at the meeting. View the flyer

Sarah B.

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Rescheduled: LEAP annual sandcastle contest on Ocean Beach, November 9

The “Awesome Fireblasting Dragon” that won Best of Show for Creative Arts Charter School in 2011

After being rescheduled due to the federal shutdown, this Saturday will finally see the LEAP 30th Annual Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach.

Each year, LEAP teams up architects, designers, contractors, corporations, engineers and local elementary school students for the contest.

Before the event, teams meet with students in the classroom to develop ideas based on a set theme. Plans are finalized, clay models are shaped, team structure and schedules are defined, and tasks are assigned, all in preparation for the big day.

On Saturday morning, the teams and students will arrive and await the whistle that signals the start of the contest at 10am. From there, four hours of intensive building begins and results in over two dozen creatures and structures all made from sand.

This year’s theme is “Masterpieces in Sand”, and teams are encouraged to select a work of art from any period in history or art form (from cave paintings to Greek Tragedies to break dancing) as inspiration for their sand sculpture.

Last year’s event raised $250,000 for LEAP, which goes towards funding their programs that serve over 8,000 students in over 40 schools across the Bay Area with hands-on learning experiences in the arts.

The competition begins at 10:30am and finishes at 4:30pm. If you want to just see the finished product, we recommend arriving after 2pm.

Sarah B.

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Local links: Cassava honored, Boitano coming to Green Apple, renter’s woes, SFPUC survey, Aziza is a star, free photo classes & more

Cassava Bakery & Cafe owners with Supervisor Mar (read more below). Photo courtesy of Supervisor Eric Mar’s office

Happy Friday! Hard to believe it’s November already. Here are some local links to take your mind off how fast this year is flying by…

  • Owners Kristoffer Toliao and Yuka Ioroi (and husband and wife) of Cassava Cafe & Bakery were recently honored at City Hall by Supervisor Eric Mar for this year’s Restaurant Appreciation Month. ” They have been a source of great food, wonderful company, and the revitalization of the neighborhood,” Mar’s office wrote.
  • SFAppeal writes about a real estate investor group that is may try to evict all the tenants at 2405 Anza, include a single parent and two seniors, who have been living at the location for 36 years. That’s because they want to recoup their investment and flip the building as a Tenancy-in-Common (TIC). The investor, who pled guilty to shady dealings in the past, asserts that since the Ellis Act is state law, he’s only acting within his rights as a property owner. Read the full story
  • The 5L Fulton line went into operation this week and is getting high marks from many MUNI commuters. “20 minutes from home to downtown; thanks SF Muni for the 5 Limited and for making Monday almost bearable,” tweeted one rider. The 5L runs during peak commute hours in the morning and evenings, Monday through Friday, and makes all stops from Ocean Beach to 6th Avenue, and then limited stops until from 6th Avenue until it reaches Van Ness Avenue. Though one blogger is wondering why the new faster 5L buses are electric instead of diesel.
  • Earlier this month, The SFPUC held their first public meeting about the Baker Beach Green Street project, designed to manage stormwater and improve water quality at Baker Beach. The project is focused on enhancements in two corridors: El Camino Del Mar between the Legion of Honor and the Lands End Trailhead, and on Sea Cliff Avenue between 25th and 26th Avenues. They’d like to get your thoughts in their online survey.
  • Roadside BBQ at 2nd & Geary was sold and now has a new name/brand: GS Riverside Grill. We weren’t frequent diners of the Roadside but the menu under new ownership looks pretty similar – lots of BBQ, a kid’s menu, and some homemade pies.
  • A cyclist who was struck by a driver at 3 in the morning on Tuesday at California Street and 8th Avenue is expected to survive. Hilah Sulme, 56, was taken into custody after the collision, which was reported at 3:13am. Sulme allegedly fled from the scene but was later found and taken into custody. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the collision, police said. [SFAppeal]
  • Aziza restaurant on Geary will maintain their single Michelin Star rating for 2014. Way to represent!
  • Interested in telling the story of the Richmond District in photos? The Richmond Branch library is offering a 3 session program with wward-winning photojournalist Frederic Larson called “Through Our Eyes: Visual Stories of the Richmond Neighborhood”. It’s an intensive photo documentary class and study of the Richmond neighborhood where each student will create a visual story over the course of the class. Stories will be submitted to the city’s archives where they will be available for research and public use. The class meets November 9: 3-5pm, November 23: 2:45-5:30pm, and December 14: 3-5pm. Space is limited to 20 people, so be sure to register online in advance.
  • Creative Canopy on California Street near 6th Avenue is celebrating their first birthday with a holiday craft fair on November 16 from 10am until 3pm. Many of Canopy’s artists and teachers will be present to share their craft ideas and class information and offer workshops for projects. Many will have gifts to sell for the holiday season. View the event flyer
  • Brian Boitano will be at Green Apple Books on Saturday, November 16 at 4pm to discuss his latest culinary tome, “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”.
  • Cycle over to the Family Bike Safety Fair on Saturday, November 16 at Roosevelt School from 10am until 2pm. The fair is being put on by Assemblymember Phil Ting and it will feature a bike obstacle course and information booths on bike safety and opportunities to make San Francisco more bike friendly. First 300 families receive free bike safety equipment for children.
  • Local artist Karen Lechelt is offering a free download of her children’s e-book “What Do You Love About You?” via Amazon until November 4, featuring black and white line drawings of funny animals revealing what they love about themselves. “It indirectly explores what it unique about us all, while binding us together in the idea that we all share a commonality of pride and self-love,” Lechelt told us. Download it here
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Photo: Fill ‘er up, unleaded please

Reader Chantelle snapped this pic of some SFPD horses stopping at the gas station on California at 25th Avenue for… a fill up? A tune up? A Slim Jim?

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Police Blotter – October 31, 2013 | Julius Caesar arrested: “Et tu, SFPD?”

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of October 31, 2013. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

Happy Halloween from the men and women at Richmond Police Station.

We wish each and every one of you a safe and happy Trick or Treat. Please read the Halloween safety sheet included in the newsletter for safety tips.

Yesterday Officers responded to an injury accident at 10th avenue and Geary Blvd with four cars involved. The officers rendered aid and the victims are recovering from their injuries. The accident was the result of a driver in a stolen vehicle running the red light while north on 10th Ave. It was a chaotic scene and several citizens and an off duty firefighter who were in the area assisted our officers. We thank them for jumping it to help. We were really busy yesterday and while dealing with the accident, Officers from Richmond Station responded to a call of a crazy person kicking a building on Lake Street. When officers arrived the man attacked the officers and 2 officers were injured. (See noteworthy arrests)

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

On 10/27/13 at 3:50am, an officer responded to 26th and Geary to meet with a driver of a “Lyft” vehicle. The driver told the officers that the passenger was intoxicated and was making advances that made him feel uncomfortable. The passenger, dressed in a Julius Caesar costume was obviously intoxicated. The officer asked the male to exit the vehicle and the suspect said, “Make me.” The suspect then pushed open the passenger door into the officer and as the officer positioned himself to remove the passenger from the vehicle, the suspect began to fight with the officer. Other police units arrived and detained the male. Even with the additional officers, the male continued to fight and told the officers to take off his handcuffs so they could “see who the tough one was.” The 38yr old male was charged with public drunkenness and resisting arrest.

On 10/28/13 at 10:40am a caller was reporting that two individuals were drinking from a bottle of wine and had just stolen a package from a door step on Ewing Terrace. The caller provided a description of the suspects and that they had fled down a staircase that led to Anza St. Officers located the two at Anza and Stanyan and recovered the package. The 34yr old male and 37yr old female were charged with theft and drinking in public.

On 10/28/13 at 8pm, on the 5400 block of Geary, a male kicked in the window of a business. A customer of the establishment, was sitting inside and observed the male standing outside and “give the finger” to everyone inside. The suspect them kicked the window again, causing it to shatter. He then fled east on Geary. Officers located the suspect at 11th and Geary and detained him. The 39 year old male was charged with vandalism.

On 10/30/13 at 2pm, officers were called to the area of Lake and Arguello on a report of a male breaking windows. When they arrived on scene, numerous citizens pointed up Washington St, eastbound, telling the officers, “He went that way.” The first officer located the suspect on the 3900 block of Washington and exited his vehicle, telling the suspect to stop. The suspect looked at the officer and continued to walk away. As the second officer arrived, both officers approached the suspect who then pushed his bicycle into the officers. The suspect started yelling that he was going to kill the officers and their families. When the officers went to physically stop the suspect by grabbing his wrist, he began to violently fight with the officers, breaking one officer’s hand. Numerous back-up units responded and the suspect was finally taken into custody. A second officer sustained an eye injury and lacerations. The original caller stated that the suspect was at his building, foaming at the mouth and swung the bicycle over his head in attempt to strike the caller. He was also threatening to kill him. The suspect had earlier been in another building across the street and was yelling inside and knocked over a computer monitor. The 47yr old male, who was under the influence of a narcotic, possibly PCP, was taken to SFGH Psych Emergency prior to been charged with vandalism, burglary, threats, aggravated assault against an officer and resisting arrest.

Between 10/25/13, 3:45pm and 10/28/13, 7am on the unit block of West Clay, a suspect entered a home under construction via an unsecure passage way. The suspect took tools.

On 10/25/13, officers responded to a call of a male running around in the middle of the street chasing cars at 17th and Geary. He was also challenging passersby to fight. Prior to the officers’ arrival, this male was assaulted by 3 Asian males and knocked to the ground. The male was knocked unconscious and an ambulance was called. A friend of the male told the officers that they had been drinking nearby and his friend was really drunk and challenging people to fight. The suspects were as being 21yrs of age and they fled in a black Toyota Zion.

On 10/26/13 at 7:35am, the victim was walking on north on Parker Ave near Anza St. She saw the suspect walking southbound wearing a “scream” mask. The suspect tried to grab the victim’s cell phone which she held onto. He then grabbed her backpack off of her back and eventually got her cell phone when she fell to the ground. The suspect then ran north on Parker with the victim chasing him. As the suspect gained distance from this victim, he tried to grab the cell phone of another woman but was unsuccessful. The suspect was an unknown race male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt along with the mask.

Between 10/26/13, 6pm and 10/27/13, 5pm on the 2000 block of Post St, a suspect gained entry into a maintenance office and took a TV, tools, 6 walkie talkie radios and cell phones. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 10/27/13 at 1:45am, the victims were standing at a bus shelter on the 2600 block of Balboa St. The suspects, both wearing “scream” masks, approached the victims and told them to give up their items. The victim held onto her purse and the suspect told her to let go or he would shoot her. The victim did not see a weapon but was fearful and handed over her purse. The second victim handed the suspect his wallet with contents. The suspects fled south on 28th Ave towards Cabrillo. They were described as males, skinny builds wearing black clothing and black gloves.

Between 10/27/13, 8pm and 10/28/13, 7:30am on the unit block of Lupine, a suspect entered a side gate by removing it off if it’s hinges. The suspect then entered a garage and took a bike.

On 10/28/13, two suspects entered a vacant home under construction on the 2300 block of Lake and took tools. Video showed two white males entering between 3:35am and 4:15am with flashlights.

On 10/28/13 at 5:05am, the victim was waiting at a bus shelter on Balboa at 43rd Ave. The two suspects approached and pointed an object at the victim that he thought was a gun and they demanded his property. One of the suspects grabbed the victim’s backpack and the victim ran away as he didn’t want them to take his property from his pockets. As the victim was running north on 43rd Ave, he came across a female that he knew and yelled something at her and kept running. The female was walking south on 43rd Ave towards Balboa and saw the suspects hiding near a business on the north/west corner of 43rd and Balboa. She then realized the victim was trying to warn her. The suspects then ran up to her and grabbed her backpack and took her cell phone from the front pouch of her sweatshirt. The suspects then fled south on 43rd Ave. The suspects were described as two males, one black and one unknown race, 20-25yrs, both wearing dark clothing and dark gloves.

On 10/30/13, at 2:20am, the victim was walking east on Turk St, near Willard North. He heard people running up from behind him and was surrounded by 5-6 black males. They told the victim that they did not want to hurt him, but just wanted his property. One of the suspects took his backpack from his back and they all ran south on Willard North. They were described as being 18-25yrs, all wearing black clothing.

On 10/30/13 at 4:29am an owner of a business on the 500 block of Balboa was notified that the alarm had just gone off. The owner then looked at the live video feed at his business and saw a suspect in the premise. The suspect took the register and cash that was contained inside and fled the scene. Officers responded and saw that the side door had been forced open. The suspect was an unknown race male wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a black and white hat.

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 9:47 pm | Posted under Crime | 1 comment