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Beers, Bikes & Fun at Tour de Fat festival in Golden Gate Park, Saturday

This Saturday, the New Belgium Brewing Company is putting on their annual festival known as Tour de Fat in Golden Gate Park.

The event kicks off with a bike parade around Golden Gate Park that begins in Lindley Meadow at 11am.

Entertainment throughout the day includes juggler Scott Nery (12noon), a yo-yo show from the Yo-Yo People (2:40pm), conjurer of comedy Nigel Blackstorm (12:15pm) and the Squirm Burpee Circus from the Handsome Little Devils.

There will also be lots of bike-themed activities and tasting of New Belgium beer brands like Fat Tire, Pluot, and Rampant.

Tour de Fat runs from 11am until 5pm at Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park; admission is free and open to all ages.

Sarah B.

10 a.m. — Parade registration
11 a.m. — Danger Zone Parade Launch
12 p.m. — Scot Nery Show
12:15 pm: Nigel Blackstorm
12:30 p.m. — Honeymoon Cabaret
1:15 p.m. — Slow Ride
1:30 p.m. — The Moth True Stories
2:15 p.m. — Stunt Pepper Dance Contest
2:40 p.m. — YoYo People
2:45 pm: — The Handsome Little Devils Present Squirm Burpee Circus
3:30 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
4:00 p.m. — Beats Antique
4:45pm: — Finale!

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 10:11 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 1 comment

New bizness: Three Bees buzz back, LOLA Clothing, and two mystery cafes

Some of the new finishes going in at the former Java House on Clement near 5th Avenue. Photos by Derek

There’s lots of business activity happening in the neighborhood! Thanks to everyone for sending in your tips.

  • We hear that Three Bees Nursery (1921 Clement) has finally re-opened as Clement Nursery after a closure and remodel. You can find them on Facebook, where they mention “the new nursery yard is teeming with interesting new flowers, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees”, “the dairy barn is restored and introduces garden antiquities, soaps, candles, jewelery, art and more”, and “the 1904 cottage at the rear of the nursery has been uncovered, restored, and fitted with a new arbor to finally give a home to our 40 year old wisteria”.
  • LOLA Clothing opened in the former April in Paris space at 55 Clement Street. We peeked in through the window on Sunday and the clothes are lovely – high end, custom designs from beautiful fabrics. Owner and designer Lola grew up sewing with her mother and says on her website that “fashion runs in my blood”.
  • Construction is underway at the former Java House location on Clement near 5th Avenue (they moved to a smaller space at 2nd Ave and Anza). What was once a dilapidated, slightly scary coffee shop is getting new wood paneled walls, subway tile and a big cleaning. We still don’t know what it’s going to be, but definitely something cleaner and friendlier we hope. :)
  • The former Haig’s Delicatessen on Clement Street near 8th Avenue is still papered over but there’s a liquor license application notice posted in the window for “Locals Cafe”. We can’t find anything about them online, so their concept, menu and opening date are still a mystery…

Sarah B.

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 10:59 am | Posted under Business, Food | 32 comments

Singer Linda Ronstadt, Mountain Lake Park history profiled in the Chronicle

Linda Ronstadt, at home in the Richmond District. Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle

Last week might have been a record-setting day for the number of mentions of the Richmond District in the Chronicle. That would be two for those of you counting…

On Sunday, there was a great profile of legendary singer Linda Ronstadt who unbeknownst to most of us, is a Richmond District resident. The voice behind classic songs like “Blue Bayou” and “Heart Like a Wheel” lives near the Legion of Honor.

In fact she loves the current “Impressionists on the Water” exhibit so much that she’s seen it seven times. Her new book “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir” comes out tomorrow, and covers the long and winding career of the 11-time Grammy winner. What a cool celeb to have in the neighborhood! We wonder what her other favorite neighborhood spots are…

And last Friday, Gary Kamiya wrote a great “Portal of the Past” historical piece on Mountain Lake Park, considered the birthplace of San Francisco. In addition to the it being the site of one of only three natural lakes in the city, it is also where the Spanish explorers who were responsible for settling San Francisco spent their first night in the future city – March 27, 1776. A great read!

Sarah B.

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 1:21 pm | Posted under Art, History, Parks | 2 comments

Video: Whirlygig Wind Art in the Avenues

Woody LaBounty of the Western Neighborhoods Project sent us this bit of whimsy over the weekend. We like it!

Sarah B.

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 5:12 am | Posted under Art | 3 comments

Police Blotter – September 13, 2013 | Van thief found asleep at the wheel

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of September 13, 2013. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

With school back in session Richmond Station has been working side by side with our local schools to ease into the school year. We welcome Officer Cesar Perez to the school car assignment. Cesar and Officer Ramesh Shangaran work closely with our schools and our youth. Both officers bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise that is a great fit with their role as our school resource officers.

College is also back in full swing. Officers from Richmond Station have been working closely with Alcohol Beverage Control to curb underage drinking. Last week we cited 10 minors inside a local bar on Geary Blvd and we cited 7 other bar patrons for various quality of life violations including drinking in public, public urination and open container violations. We will continue to be out enforcing the “Good Neighbor” policy and holding bars and night life venues accountable

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

On 09/06/13 at 7:45am, officer were traveling east on Geary approaching 22nd Ave when they observed a van stopped in the middle of the intersection. The driver was slumped over the steering wheel of the van. Officer approached and tried to wake up the driver and after several attempts he awoke. The officers had the driver step out of the vehicle and saw that he was a well known auto burglar and auto thief from the Richmond District. The officers contacted the registered owner of the van and he confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen from 22nd and Balboa. Officers located in the suspect’s backpack numerous keys, a lock pick set, crow bar and pliers. The 33 year old male was charged with stolen auto and possession of burglary tools.

On 09/07/13 at 1:56am, officers were patrolling the area of 11th and Fulton when they observed the suspect riding his bike on the sidewalk along the passenger side of parked vehicles. The officers detained the male and determined that he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. While the officers were conducting the investigation the suspect got up and ran into Golden Gate Park and into the wooded area. The officers gave chase with the officer tackling the suspect to the ground. The suspect continued to resist, kicking at the officers and with the uneven terrain, poison oak, and tree branches on the ground were able to take him into custody. Officers then located a 3 inch fixed blade knife with attached spiked metal knuckles on the ground near the suspect. The suspect admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine and was charged with warrants, battery on a police officer and possession of a prohibited weapon.

On 09/08/13 at 9:05pm, officers were sent to 21st and Geary on a report of an auto theft in progress. The caller was reporting that it appeared that the suspects were attempting to hot wire a car. When the officers arrived on scene they observed one male sitting in the driver’s seat and another standing in between the open driver’s side door and the driver’s seat. Officers could see that the ignition had been removed and the vehicle was running without a key in the ignition. Officers detained the two males, as well as the two female passengers in the back seat and contacted the registered owner. The owner confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen from O’Farrell St. The two males, 22yrs old and 34yrs old, were charged with stolen auto and the two passengers were released from the scene.

On 09/09/13 at 10:40pm, officers were in the area of Sutter and Broderick Sts when they observed a male walking in the middle of the street. They stopped to speak to him and he gave them a false name and could provide no identification. Further investigation revealed his true identity and it was determined that had an outstanding parole violation warrant and was also a sex registrant out of compliance by not meeting his registration requirements. The 26yr old male was booked accordingly.

On 09/11/13 at 10:15pm, plainclothes officers were in the area of Sutter and Broderick on foot, walking through the public housing parking. They could see three males standing together speaking loudly, drinking alcohol. As they got closer to the group another tenant was yelling out the window for be quiet and stop drinking. The tenant went on to say that if they didn’t leave they would call the police. The officers then announced that they were already there. The males turned around and saw the officers. One of the male’s eyes got extremely wide as if he was surprised and took off running, grabbing his waistband. Officers gave chase and tackled the suspect to the ground. They recovered a loaded firearm in his waistband. He was also in possession of narcotics. The 42 year old was booked on numerous firearm violations as well as possession of narcotics.

On 09/12/13 at 8:15am, on the 3000 block of Pacific, the victims were loading their vehicle preparing to go to the airport. The wife had placed a diaper bag in the vehicle and went back inside. When she returned the diaper bag containing her wallet and iPhone were missing from the vehicle. The victim’s viewed their surveillance video which showed the suspect walking up the driveway, open the back door and takes the bag from the car. The husband took a still photo of the suspect and the wife began to track her phone while calling 911. The husband set off to find the suspect and officer responded to the route the phone was being tracked. Officers located the suspect, in his vehicle at Chestnut and Sansome Sts. The husband had also arrived and showed the photo of the suspect he had taken to the officers and it matched the driver of the vehicle. The phone and wallet were recovered. The 38 year old male, who is on probation was charged with auto burglary, possession of stolen property and probation violation.

On 09/07/13 at 1:10am, the victim was walking on the 300 block of Anza when she was approached by two suspects, one armed with a handgun. The suspect pointed the gun at her and demanded her belongings. The victim complied and handed over her purse which contained her phone and identification. The suspects then fled east on Anza towards Masonic. The suspects were described as a Hispanic male, 20-30yrs, with short hair and gray pants. The other was a black male, 20-30yrs wearing all dark clothing.

Between 09/08/13, 11pm and 09/09/13, 7:30am on the 400 block of Arguello, a suspect entered a multi-unit garage and took two bikes. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 09/10/13 at 1:50am, officers responded to an alarm call on the 3600 block of California St. and that the alarm covered a side door. Officers arrived and found the side door ajar and conducted a walkthrough of the premise. The suspect had fled but had pried open the cash registers. The owner was contacted and responded to the scene. They informed the officers that cash was not kept in the register so there was no monetary loss but a ladder was taken from an upstairs office. The suspect gained entry into the business by smashing out a rear window.

The suspect from the above incident apparently took the ladder to the business next door and after removing the cover to the skylight, lowered the ladder inside and gained access. The suspect then pried open the cash register and took a small amount of cash.

On 09/11/13 at 9:50am, officers responded to a call of a burglary on the 600 block of Arguello. They told the officers that someone had pried open the cover of the lock box for the mailman and took the key. They told the officers that the suspect had gone into the garage and it was unknown what if anything was taken. The building manager had been notified and responded while the officers were there. They were able to view surveillance video which showed two suspects enter the apartment building at 2:22am, empty handed and leave at 2:28am carrying a skateboard. The suspects were described as a black male, 35-45yrs, wearing a baseball cap, jacket and jeans; the second was a white female, 40-45yrs, with shoulder length hair, wearing a sweater.

On 09/11/13 at 2:54am, a suspect entered a business on the 3700 block of Geary through an unlocked rear door. The suspect took a checkbook and credit cards.

Between 09/11/13, 9:30pm and 09/12/13, 7:15am, on the 100 block of 20th Ave, a suspect entered a garage by unknown means and took a bike.

On 09/12/13, between 5pm and 10pm on the 4800 block of Fulton, the suspect entered a home and took a camera and laptop. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 09/12/13 at 8:55pm, the victims were sitting in a vehicle on the 1500 block of Baker waiting for a relative to get off of work. The suspect approached the passenger side of the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the occupants. The suspect demanded their property and the victim’s complied. The suspect fled south on Baker. He was described as a black male, 30-35yrs wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

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 9:06 pm | Posted under Crime | 2 comments

Vote for our neighborhood schools & Target will donate to them

Target launched a “Give With Target” campaign that provides schools the chance to fund-raise via votes for a chance to earn a donation from Target.

All of the Richmond District public schools are part of the national campaign, which is aiming to donate $5 million to schools.

Once a school receives 25 votes, they earn a $25 donation from Target, and for every vote thereafter, an additional $1 is donated.

Click below to vote for our neighborhood schools:

Frank McCoppin Elementary School
Clare Lilienthal School
George Peabody Elementary
Roosevelt Middle School
Sutro Elementary School
Alamo Elementary School
Argonne Elementary School
Lafayette Elementary School
George Washington High School
Presidio Middle School

Voting ends September 21 and you can vote as often as once per week. Good luck to all of our schools with their fundraising!

Sarah B.

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 5:03 am | Posted under Schools | 1 comment

Local links: Fresh & Easy sold, Balboa stays alive, Yoga Tree, Sutro Heights fire, art stuff & more

The Tidy Shoppe aesthetics salon that opened at 4050 Geary this week. Photo by Derek

  • The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain is being purchased by billionaire investor Ron Burkle. Burkle is buying 150 of the stores, and the remaining 50 will be shut down. It’s been confirmed that the store on 32nd Avenue and Clement will be one of the 150 stores that remains open. Burkle has been mum on his plans for breathing new life into the 150 stores he’s purchasing, but called Fresh & Easy “a tremendous foundation.”
  • In case you haven’t heard, the Balboa Theater reached their Kickstarter fundraising goal of $75,000. So now they can go digital and not dark. Congrats and good job Richmond District! They’re still taking donations, which will go towards digitizing the second theater.
  • Park Life is curating an art show of local artist Ryan Beavers in the office of Supervisor Eric Mar. There’s an opening reception this Friday, September 13 from 4:30pm-7:30pm at Mar’s office, which is located in Room 284 of City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.
  • In other art news, neighborhood artist Jay Mercado of donut painting fame, was recently profiled in the Chronicle Sunday magazine. Mercado has a studio on California and 10th Avenue, and told the Chronicle, “It’s nice to have a studio that’s accessible to people. I don’t want art to seem like it’s something that is elite. It should be accessible to everyone. I want to make them feel at home with artwork and be able to talk about it. If the mailman comes in and buys a painting, like she did once, I think that’s pretty cool.”
  • There’s a new yoga studio coming to the neighborhood. We heard from a reader that popular chain Yoga Tree will be opening on 6th Avenue between California and Lake Streets. We hear the outside is painted bright green. We haven’t heard when they’ll open for classes, but say your om’s and keep your eyes out.
  • Another fire broke out last week at a homeless encampment that located on the back of Sutro Heights Park. The last fire on Sutro hill was in January 2013 and because of its hard-to-reach location, fire crews have to hand carry hoses up behind homes on Balboa and up a flight of forty stairs to battle flames there.
  • A public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, September 11 to discuss Cinderella Bakery’s (436 Balboa) proposed parklet. We haven’t seen any renderings of it yet, but if you want to attend, the meeting is at 9am at City Hall, Room 400.
  • A new aesthetics salon called The Tidy Shoppe opened this week at 4050 Geary near 5th Avenue. Service categories include bikini waxing, brows, tinting, face, threading, body and lashes. Online appointment booking is available through their website.
  • Have you seen the Snowy Plover? Join a free guided walk on Ocean Beach this Sunday with Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for the Western Snowy Plover. This small shorebird is highly threatened by human activities and habitat degradation. Join the walk to see this adorable species in its native habitat and learn ways that you can help. The walk is from 10am – 12am and RSVP online is required.
  • The Chronicle recently wrote about Glenn Gable, a one-man anti-graffiti crusader in the Richmond District, and why we’re not likely to see tags removed from neighborhood mailboxes anytime soon.
  • The complete lineup was recently confirmed for the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival, taking place in Golden Gate Park on October 4-6, 2013. Highlights include Chris Isaak, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris Gogol Bordello, Nick Lowe, Boz Scaggs, and dozens more.
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 2:59 pm | Posted under Art, Business, Eric Mar, Events, Fire | 29 comments

500+ come out for the first Richmond District Jog in the Fog fun run

Sunday was the first running of the Richmond District Jog in the Fog race, where 536 participants ran and walked the 3.4 mile course from Mountain Lake Park to the USS SF Memorial Parking Lot at Lands End. Proceeds from the race benefit the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC).

Racers began gathering at the start line in Mountain Lake Park at 7am. Shortly before the 8am start, after opening welcomes from RDNC Board President Bonnie Levitt and Supervisor Eric Mar, the official start signal was broadcast: fog horns. Runners took off into the mist, guided and cheered along the course by volunteers that included residents, RDNC staff members and supporters, and high school students.

Despite the record temperatures the day before, Sunday’s weather lived up to the race’s name, enveloping participants as they wound around Mountain Lake, up Lake Street and El Camino del Mar, and into the Lands End trail. They were lucky to even get a glimpse of the water down below the cliffs of Lands End.

But in true Richmond District style, the fog didn’t dampen the spirits of racers, who sprinted under the finish line balloon bridge – provided by Sparky’s Balloons & Toys – with arms outstretched and big smiles.

The top male finisher (and overall first place finisher), Menso de Jong, completed the race in 21:45, and the top female finished in 22:40. Both received trophies, while the first boy (28:53) and girl to cross the finish line received gift cards from Green Apple Books. [Our record keeping was lacking, so if you know the names of these awesome runners, please leave a comment to let us know - photos below!]

The top male (and overall first place) finisher, Menso de Jong (21:45)

We’d like to thank the people that made the Jog in the Fog possible including our neighborhood sponsors – SF Toyota, Green Apple Books, Busvan, Clement Street Merchants Association, Angelina’s Cafe, Blondlogic, Bright1Fitness, and Sparky’s Balloons – the nearly 60 volunteers who got up early on a Sunday to help, Emily Gillingham of the RDNC for her tireless enthusiasm and support, race captains Brighton Miller and David Hirtz and last but not least, all of YOU – the men, women and children of the Richmond District that came out to participate.

We were truly thrilled to see all of you gathered at the starting line, ready to rock it! We’re still tallying the final proceeds that will go to the RDNC and going through photos, so bear with us. Follow the Jog in the Fog on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest photos and updates.

UPDATE 9/12/13: The tally is in! Thanks to our racers and sponsors who helped us raise $8000 for our charity, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center. Woo hoo!

Did you take photos at the race you want to share? Upload them to our event album on Eversnap – just download the free smartphone app or visit their website and enter the album code joginthefog2013 to get started. You can also use the album code just to view pics too from the race.

And for those of you who weren’t able to get your hands on a 2013 Jog in the Fog t-shirt designed by Andy George, hang tight, we’re looking into ways to let you order one online, you can place your order online and we’ll have it available for pickup at Green Apple Books.

Thanks to everyone for making the first Jog in the Fog a great success! Who’s in for next year!?!? :)

Sarah B.
Race Director

The top female finisher (22:07)

The top boy (28:53) and girl finisher (Piper Brooks)

Racers at the start in Mountain Lake Park

At the finish line at Lands End

Check out more photos on Flickr:

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 11:31 pm | Posted under Community, Eric Mar, Events | 14 comments