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I had the pleasure of seeing the goats on Cortland Street in Bernal Heights today.  Oreo and her son, Double Stuff, that is.  Oreo, a former neighbor of mine, is usually off at work--in the Presidion or some other city park or open space that needs grooming.  They were in the front of Good Life Grocery today, munching on romaine lettuce, cardboard and paper.
 
The Sea Lions are also back at Pier 39, just in time for summer tourist season.  Pier 39 held a celebration on Friday to welcome them...

I am often swimming in the Bay at Aquatic Park and I often park on Jefferson Street near the Dolphin Club, or up Hyde Street into the Russian Hill neighborhood.  The other morning, I parked at the end of Van Ness in one of those great 4 hour parking spots--which would give me plenty of time to swim, relax and enjoy my weekend morning.  I have noticed Rock Sculptures along the part of the cove closest to Van Ness (the rocky part to the left of the beach as you face the Bay), but never...

Next Wednesday, February 10th, Elizabeth Faulkner of Orson Restaurant, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery and Stacey Lamirand will be hosting an amazing dinner at Orson Restaurant, 508 4th Street in San Francisco. This fundraising dinner will raise money for The Little Jim Club, one of San Francisco's oldest philanthropic organizations, has been raising money to help children in the Bay Area for over 114 years.  Recently, the Club has been funding experimental and under-funded...

It was a blast!  I left the office late in the afternoon, and was able to see just a handful of spots before my 6 PM appointment, but they were terrific.  First stop was on 2nd at South Park, a miniature golf course constructed by the Blnkt Collaborative.  There were two people on this three hole course, and half a dozen people hanging out having a great time.

Over to the Mission to Valencia Street.  My first stop, between 19th and 20th was at a very elaborate garden, planted with...

Friday, September 18th, 2009 is the fifth annual PARK(ing) Day in San Francisco.  This event started in 2005 by Rebar, an arts collective who took one metered parking spot and transformed it into a public park.  The event has grown into an international single day event with PARK (ing) spots in 6 continents registered on the community map.

I have stumbled upon some of these sites in the past, without really knowing what was up.  I saw one and thought, what a great mini-park. ...

(Photo released by Hasbro, Inc. Darryl Bush)

I often find myself irritated when I drive through Russian Hill and find myself caught in the web of traffic, tourist traffic, waiting for their 3 minute drive down Lombard Street.  I smile and think about how Vermont Street is actually the most crooked in SF.  I am sorry I was not near Lombard Street yesterday--it was tranformed into a kids' wonderland in honor of Candy Land's 60th anniversary. That looks amazing.  All news reports indicate...

Last weekend, I went to pick peaches at our adoptive tree at the Masumoto Family Farm in Del Ray. This has become an annual ritual, including the taco stops on the way and dinner at Uncle Harry's restaurant in Reidley.   This year, the peaches have ripened quickly.  Got to run, making jam, canning salsa and giving peaches away.

San Francisco's Hula School, Na Lei Hulu | Ka Wekiu, is doing a series of performances throughout the city today (August 15th 2009) in an event known as Hit and Run Hula.  The school, dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian culture through the teaching of Hula also offers instruction in language, history and crafts.  Very cool. 

A Street Food Festival to support La Cocina, a non-profit located on Folsom Street in the Mission that is a business incubator for food businesses in San Francisco.   I first learned of La Cocina at last year's Slow Food Festival--one of the businesses that started at La Cocina was at the event.  Serving food in City Hall Plaza.  The longest line.  It was worth the wait.

On August 22nd, Folsom Street will be closed between 25th and 26th Streets for an outdoor food festival featuring...

This just in from Mason Kirby, a local architect:

Sorry
for the busted link in our previous email. I've already fired the
garden gnome that sent it out. Below you will find a corrected
link/announcement to AMK's First Annual
Kids' Digital Design Contest:

I have some excellent news to share with you: AMK's First Annual
Kids' Digital Design Contest is now up and running!  It's a free
juried digital design contest that we are putting on for kids between
the ages of 0 and 15. That's right--take...

I was speaking with someone recently who was talking about the Seward Street Slides in Noe Valley.  These Slides are two long concrete slides.  Who knew there were big concrete slides in Noe Valley!  I did a search and found some fabulous videos on YouTube.  The link to my favorite, entitled Wee!, is here.

The slide was installed in the Seward Street mini-park over 35 years ago after neighbors successfully changed the zoning of a parcel of land to keep some green space in their...

 
Are you a member of one of SFMOMA, Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Craft and Folk Art or SF Camerawork?  This Saturday, January 10th, the museums are welcoming members of any other museum as part of their second annual Joint Member Day.  Not a member of any of these fabulous city resources?  It might be a good time to join one of them and lend your support.  
Ok, I admit, I am...

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