- Via the Ocean Beach Bulletin comes news that Tallulah, the matriarch of chimps at the SF Zoo, has died. She was believed to be in her late 50s. She had been at the SF Zoo since 1967, and was believed to be one of the oldest zoo chimps.
- From the Richmond neighborhood blog, a public information event about changes and planned developments at Lands End’s Eagles Point overlook. The information meeting is this Saturday, January 12 starting at 10am. You can also view the project website for additional information.
- The first meeting of the Glen Park Association will be 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 16 at the Glen Park Elementary School – 151 Lippard St.
- From the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association blog comes news about an Alamo Square playgroup, which meets the first Sunday of every month and every Tuesday from 10am – 12pm.
- The Forest Knolls neighborhood blog has a detailed photo essay about what happens when a water main breaks.
- Looking for a beautiful hike outside of the city? If so, Blog by the Bay has the details and great pictures on a hike to Cascade Falls in Fairfax, located up north in Marin County.
- D10 watch has news about a meeting coming up this Saturday, January 12 to talk about the redevelopment of the old Schlage site. The demise of redevelopment agencies last year put some bumps in the road for this project, and the planning department will be holding a meeting to gather community and talk about what is possible now that the assumed public funding has been lost. The meeting is at 401 Tunnel Avenue from 12:00 – 2:00pm.
- And finally, via the Dogpatch Howler comes news of a new cheese shop in the Dogpatch, La Fromagerie at 2425 3rd St.
- Via the Ocean Beach Bulletin, the First Republic Bank or US Bank in the 1800 block of Irving St. was robbed on an otherwise uneventful Monday (Dec. 3) afternoon.
- From the Richmond District blog comes an opportunity to be a Christmas window display… how often do you get an offer like that?
- The Glen Park Association has a great story with some historical photos of Glen Park and Sunnyside about the Mickelsens of Glen Park.
- Noe Valley doesn’t get a First Republic bank, but it will be getting a Pressed Juicery along 24th street. Let the snarky hipster comments begin…
- From Burrito Justice comes a great article with an animated GIF showing the relocation of an apartment building and the widening of Army St (before it became Cesar Chavez).
- D10 Watch has news about tomorrow’s Interdependence Day Celebration. It’s tomorrow (Dec. 12) from 2-7pm.
- Dogpatch Howler reports on a secessionist movement on the city’s east side: the South of Dogpatch area. Does this make it a neighborhoodlet?
- The Lower Haight gets a new restaurant, Rickybobby, at the corner of Haight and Webster. Via Haighteration.
- Hayeswire has an update on the opening of the SF Jazz Center in Hayes Valley. It’s coming up soon – January 21, 2013.
- Parkside, San Francisco blog has news about a fundraiser this Friday to bring a plane back to the Larsen Playground. Because, seriously, what playground doesn’t need a plane!?
- HANC can’t come to terms with 2012, plans protest at city hall today (Dec. 11) about their can’t-come-soon-enough eviction from 780 Frederick St.
That’s the news, happy Tuesday!
Turning our attention to more local news, let’s look at what the neighborhood blogs have been chattering about:
- A tip of the hat to Uppercasing for showcasing the awesome talents of JacksonFuller client Kevin Smokler and Salon97!
- According to Portola Planet, 600 Silliman in the Portola has sold, but last I checked in the MLS it isn’t marked as sold, and the tax records still reflect the foreclosure from 2011. Either way, here’s to sharing their hope that something much better becomes of 600 Silliman.
- The Potrero View takes a look at new developments taking place in the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill neighborhoods, touching on just a few of the upcoming projects including 2051 Third St., 2121 Third St., 616 20th St., 2235 Third St., 650 Texas and 480 Potrero Ave. As you might expect with any San Francisco neighborhood, some residents are happier about the developments than others.
- Via Mission Mission, neighborhood tweens underprice lemonade and give out damn good advice for only a quarter.
- Hayeswire has a reminder that today is the first day of school for SFUSD students. So stop parking in the bus zone. Or expect to pay through the nose for it. In other news, privates and parochials go back to school either this week or next, so prepare yourself for the influx of children and the parents (or caregivers, nannys, family friends, etc.) dropping them off and picking them up each day.
- And finally, via haighteration comes a recap of the Duboce Park movie night. I’ll sum it up for you: 56 degrees outside and Mrs. Doubtfire.
That’s not all the neighborhood news, but it’s a bit of it. I’m always on the hunt for great neighborhood blogs to follow, be sure to yell at me if I’ve missed yours. That’s what comments are for, after all
Lunatic arrested in the Haight. Which you might think note-worthy since usually they don’t seem to get either arrested or the mental services that they most likely are in need or dire one. But what makes this one scary is that the cops found about 5,800 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle (which he had been living in, near-ish to Waller & Stanyan) when they searched it. Via Uppercasing.
If you’ve never seen the goats munching away at the weeds in various San Francisco locations then be sure to check out Portola Planet’s article about what the goats are up to over at the University Mound reservoir. I think it’s pretty cool that we use goats instead of pesticides, I usually see them at Laguna Honda reservoir munching away and they always make me smile.
CCSF Interim Chancellor Dr. Pamila Fisher promises that City College won’t be closing. I haven’t followed the whole city college debacle closely enough to say much more than that. Via Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.
Larsen Playground used to have a cool jet to play on. Now it doesn’t. And I think you’ll agree with me that is just wrong! Despite having the lowest percentage of kids in any major US city, San Francisco has some of the coolest parks and playgrounds. So join the Friends of Larsen Playground and help bring a jet back! Via People of Parkside/Sunset.
As always, comments and thoughts appreciated. And if you think I’m overlooking a great neighborhood blog, please let me know about it. You can leave a comment, email or call!
What’s up in San Francisco? Let’s take a tour of the neighborhood blogs to see what’s happening from bay to breakers:
- The US Open is upon us, and the kind folks at the Ocean Beach Bulletin have a US Open Survival Guide.
- The Richmond Police Station gets a new Captain, and the Cabrillo playground, originally built in 1945 as a new deal public works project, will be closed for a year for some much needed renovations. Both of these tidbits are fro the Richmond District Blog.
- News from the Glen Park Association brings news of… Coyote Stories from Glen Park Canyon. In vaguely related news, it’s confirmed that (most likely) a dingo ate my baby!
- As if wasn’t already easy enough to poke fun at Noe Valley residents, the Noe Valley SF blog brings us news of the opening of Olive this Olive That, a boutique dedicated to the “freshest and most flavorful extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Sourcing over 50 single and blend varietals and infused extra virgin olive oils, dark and white traditional method balsamics…”
- The Forest Knolls blog goes slumming down the hill, discovers Inner Sunset Fourth Fridays.
- Tired of only getting stimulants at Progressive Grounds? Good news for you, Bernalwood shares that they are now serving beer and wine. Although I’m not aware of any drink that features coffee, beer, and wine in the same cup. But if any place could make it work, it would be Bernal.
- Burrito Justice makes cool SF maps into even cooler t-shirts than you could ever dream of. So stop dreaming and just order one of theirs.
- D10 Watch brings a great look at how community agriculture helped transform Quesada Avenue.
- Anthony Myint wants to open a restaurant inside the SF Food Bank. Because raising $125,000 for them just isn’t awesome enough. From the Dogpatch Howler.
And I’m sure I’ve missed lots more, feel free to remind me of all that I have overlooked in the comments!
Glen Park cleanup next weekend – June 9, 2012
We’re looking forward to partnering with DPW and their staff, equipment, and know-how to continue to clean and green our neighborhood on June 9th. We hope you’ll join your neighbors, Mayor Lee, and Supervisors Campos and Wiener in volunteering at this DPW Community Clean Team event for Districts 8 and 9.
Hawaiian shave ice, Smitten ice cream tasting, a petting zoo, live music, honey bee demos, a magic show … it can only mean one thing: SummerFEST on 24th Street.
On Saturday June 16 from 11-5 (the day before Father’s Day), 24th Street merchants will be throwing a family event in downtown Noe Valley.via Noe Valley SF (and yes, Zephyr is a sponsor. Who knew??!)
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Bayview Opera House 4705 Third Street, San Francisco
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Why should you care? Even though I’m fashion and style challenged, I manage to look decent thanks to a consistently great haircut. Which is why I’m so happy to announce that Joe’s Barbershop in the Castro is re-opening this weekend. They were closed because of a pretty serious fire, but all has been repaired and Joe and his amazing crew of barbers will be back in the shop starting today (but officially tomorrow). So for those of you who are dying to know (but afraid to ask) about where I get my awesome haircut, now you know.
In addition to being a client of Joe’s, Joe and his partner – the amazingly talented writer DogPoet – are clients of mine.
And if you think buying a house and getting financing in the current market is a challenge, just contemplate purchasing a home when your business is on fire. But we got it done, because that’s how we roll around here. And on what may, or may not be, a related note – Prominent Escrow is the most incompetent and unprofessional escrow company I’ve ever dealt with and I’d urge you to avoid them if at all possible. But I’m not quite ready to put that story into print, so I’ll just leave it at that for now.
Anyway, back to the important point: Joe’s Barbershop is back, and starting today (but officially Saturday) you can get an awesome haircut at a neighborhood institution. So stop by, get a great haircut, and give Joe and all the barbers a high-five. They’ve earned it!
Joe’s barbershop is located at 2150 Market St. between Church and Castro, on the north side of the street. Now you really don’t have an excuse not to go!
The following events are already full:
- Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Habitat and Trail Restoration
- Visitacion Valley Greenway Native Planting
- Free Kayaking on the Blue Greenway
- Mountain Lake Park Clean Up, Planting, and Nature Walk
However, there are still an incredible number of awesome things that you and your family can go do outside this coming Saturday, including:
- Rochambeau Adult BBQ & Kids Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournaments & BBQ
- Joe Dimaggio Playground Beautification and Painting
- West Sunset Playground Party and Mobile Recreation Center
- Hayes Valley Farm Food Demos and Kids Activities
- Mt. Sutro Habitat Restoration and Nursery Tour
- Duboce Playground PlayDay and Grand Opening of the Youth Play Area
- Alemany Farm Herb Gardening
- Hilltop Park Beautification
- McLaren Park Nature Walks and Turtle Play Area Revitilization
As if the oppportunity to get out and about, enjoy some of San Francisco’s great open spaces and meet new neighbors and community members wasn’t enough of an incentive, volunteers that sign up in advance will also get a free t-shirt and lunch. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for free t-shirts.
I just asked Siri what our weather for Saturday is like, and even she had to agree it is forecast to be beautiful, with sunny skies and a high of 68 degrees, which sounds like a pretty perfect San Francisco day to me.
One of the (many) things I love about San Francisco is the incredible amount of awesome outdoor spaces and places that sprinkled across our city, from the Presidio on the northern tip to Mclaren Park on the southern end and everything in between. I hope to see you out helping take care of our awesome parks this Saturday!
- The weather is perfect – sunny, forecast for the 70′s through the weekend. Not even Siri would argue with me about how gorgeous our weather is. So stop reading this blog and go outside and enjoy our weather. Unless, of course, you are reading this at the park on your favorite gadget. In which case you should put said gadget away and enjoy the weather. I promise it won’t hurt my feelings.
However, if that isn’t enough news for you, then consider this:
- Antibiotics for everyone after lab researcher dies, lab shutdown. (Ocean Beach Bulletin)
- The de Young has cooler stuff in their basement than you or I ever will. In particular, they found a bunch of old glass negatives. The photos are absolutely awesome and amazing. I only wish the crap I can’t bring myself to throw away was so cool. So thanks, packrat from approximately 100 years ago, for not throwing these out. (deYoung via Richmond SF blog)
- For those of you with school age children that haven’t already left the city or sent your children to private school, SFUSD announces their new Superintendent, Richard Carranza. Budget cuts apparently require that his photo on the website be taken with a blurry cam. But hey, at least we get a picture. (via Rachel Norton’s blog)
- They’d normally be the coolest pictures of the week, but the deYoung beats out the awesome historic photos of Midtown Terrace/Forest Knolls, including one which seems to refer to a NIKE weapons site that actually was or was planned to be situated in the middle of San Francisco. (via Forest Knolls)
- And finally, Bernalwood has cooler pictures on it’s blog of Bernal Heights than you ever will. So don’t even bother trying. (via Bernalwood)
I’m sure I’ve missed 1,000 more cool and interesting things, because that’s just how awesome a city San Francisco is. Have a great weekend!
- While it isn’t a neighborhood blog, you owe it to yourself to go read The Right Direction… aka One White Dude’s Confession – a beautiful reflection on how the neighborhoods where we live and work intersect with our inner thoughts and beliefs (from dogpoet).
- Want to know how to drive Eric Mar crazy? The Richmond district blog has two great articles on Supervisor Mar – one featuring a Hustler bus in front of his favorite fast food restaurant, the other a great tip about where to corner the guy when you need to talk his ear off.
- Live in Glen Park? Then get ready for the Glen Park Festival this coming Sunday, April 29 (from The Glen Park Association).
- Proposals to make travelling on the J-Church muni line slightly less painful. And while you’re there, don’t miss the picture of a plastic port-a-potty engulfed in flames (from Noe Valley SF).
- Are you a Sutro Tower fan? Don’t miss Burrito Justice, which loves our looming-like-a-menacing-tower as much as I do!
- For those of you familiar with Bernal Heights, you’ll know the neighborhood has a reputation for narrow streets that can be a challenge to navigate. Bernalwood has a cautionary tale (with photos, lots of photos) about just how wrong things can go. Moral of the story: speeding in Bernal is stupid, really stupid. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
- Finally, on the southern side of the city, D10 Watch brings news of the upcoming Quesada Gardens Spring Celebration on May 5th. You’ve gotten plenty of advance notice, so toss it on your calendar and show up prepared to make a $5 donation. The party starts at noon in the 1700 Block of Quesada Ave.
I don’t doubt I’ve overlooked something phenomentally interesting, entertaining, or otherwise blog-worthy (but come on, Supervisor Mar in a hottub is pretty awesome). Leave a comment or shoot me an email with your favorite neighborhood blog!