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Menorah Lighting at Grattan Playground

Join a Cole Valley Community Wide Menorah Lighting at Grattan Playground on December 11th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Watch a spectacular fire show.
Enjoy delicious latkas and donuts.
Have your picture taken with Judah the Maccabee.
Fun arts and crafts for kids.
Live Music.


Haight Ashbury area improvement

Last year, Christin from the Booksmith and several other community-minded small business owners made a list of ideas for a future Haight Street. A few of those ideas have already been put in motion: the addition of parklets, more bicycle parking, streetscaping including the addition of plants in many tree wells with help from a guerilla gardener or two. They also approached our Supervisor’s office about ideas for more permanent changes such as wider sidewalks and better pedestrian lighting (most of the street lights we have now are designed to light the road for cars). Additional ideas were for more street art and/or historic markers for important landmarks in the neighborhood (you probably know where the Grateful Dead lived, but did you know we used to have a water park, a baseball diamond, and a street car rail all here?) The good news is Supervisor Christina Olague and the Department of Planning have put together funds for the creation of a Public Realm Plan, the first step in a multi-year process to seek community input & make a plan for the future of Haight Street.

You are invited to the first Community Workshop to offer your input on what you’d like to see change (or not) about Haight Street.

What: Haight Ashbury Public Realm Plan, First Community Meeting facilitated by City Planner Alexis Smith
When: Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Where: Urban School, 1563 Page Street, San Francisco
Questions: Alexis Smith (alexis.smith@sfgov.org; 415-575-9131; http://haightashbury.sfplanning.org)


Cute button pins and magnets for the Haight Ashbury Fair and North Beach Fair

MUNI button pins and magnets
MUNI button pins and magnets
Neighborhood Ying Yang button pins and magnets
Cole Valley Ying Yang button pins and magnets

Perfect for your daily MUNI commute. Available soon on www.SFlocal.net or Etsy. Check them out in person at the Haight Ashbury Fair on June 10th. (Haight @ Belvedere St.), or at the North Beach Fair on June 16th and 17th.


Cole Valley Fair 2012 - apply now!

Cole Valley Fair will be back again for its tenth year on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

The Cole Valley Fair continues to be a charming and well-attended event sponsored by merchants and organizations with outstanding records of community support. The fair features local art and fine crafts, lip-smacking food, live music, a display of historical Cole Valley photographs, a full block of vintage automobiles owned by neighborhood residents, events for children, and more!

If you’re an artist with unique handcrafted work or a food vendor with tasty morsels, we hope you’ll apply for a booth space. The deadline is July 1. Priority will be given to Cole Valley residents, returning vendors, and promising new applicants. (Imported merchandise will not be considered). We will be accepting some applicants before the deadline date.

We’re also seeking musicians from all genres and styles for one-hour performance slots. The Cole Valley Fair is a small and intimate street fair where the right sound will attract a lot of attention.

And, yes, Cars on Cole will be back again this year. Never been to the event? We look for interesting neighborhood vehicles– whatever that may mean. It need not be a “show queen”, or vintage, or rare. The range of vehicles in past years has been from a gaggle of Citroen 2CV’s, British, German, French, Japanese and Italian sports and touring cars, heavy 30-60’s American Iron, Model A to modern Hot Rod, bicycles to motorcycles.

All applications are available here.


Local eggs celebrating Easter.

My tattoos make local eggs even more local :) Get them at http://www.etsy.com/shop/sflocal or www.sflocal.net now for Easter!

If you have no patience: stick tattoo to the raw eggs. (Surprise your roommate when they open the fridge)
If you have some patience: stick tattoo to the hard boiled eggs. (Wow your coworkers at the lunch break)
If you have A LOT of patience: use a needle to poke two holes on opposite end of the eggshell. Blow the egg white and yolk out. Clean the eggs. Let dry. Then stick the tattoos on. (Permanent display and great gift!)

Larger, white eggs recommended.

Easter MUNI eggs
Easter I heart SF eggs
Easter I heart SF eggs


Monthly Cello event at a sleepy local cafe

How I wish we have this in Cole Valley! Cellist Hannah Addario-Berry organizes a wonderful cello event called Cello Bazzar(2012 is the 4th year!) at the Bazzar cafe on California Street @ 21st Avenue. Performers range from talented Conservatory students to seasoned professionals, playing everything from Bach and Beethoven to contemporary music (including local composers), jazz, and hiphop. While Cello Bazaar is a cello-centric event, the performances also feature collaborations with other instruments including violin, viola, piano, guitar, vocals, and more. More details here.

I went to their March 18th event, here’s the video of Hannah performing herself:

Cellist Sam Bass and the Canadian composer Stephen Brown only met for the first time for 2 hours before performing together here:

There are many other musicians too.

The event is free, but everybody was eager to fill the tip jar. Hey if you want to start a salon or would like to host some musicians in your home for a reasonable fee - give them a call. Hannah is well connected with other musicians. You can sit very close to the musicians with your friends instead of watching the performance from all the way in the back with hundreds of people.


Cole Valley Community Passover Seder

April 6 at 7:45 pm

Friday After School Program at Grattan Playground
May 18 - Free Trial Session
Join a unique after school program exploring Jewish culture, Shabbat, and Holidays.

‘Roll and bake your own Matzah’ program for kids (and their parents) in Cole Valley.
April 1st at 3:30 pm
A hands-on educational experience going through the entire Matza-baking process: mixing the flour and water, kneading the dough, rolling, shaping, and preparing it for the “brick” oven. Then, the “Model” Matzos are baked and are given out to each child to take home.

Call 415-598-8718 for more information


Purim party

Join neighbors and friends for a spectacular Purim Party in Cole Valley.

March 8th at 5:30 pm
@ Grattan School Auditorium, 165 Grattan Street

* Megilah Reading
* Drum Circle with Yari Mander
* Crafts for kids
* NY Deli & Salad Bar
* Live music with Mel’s Mellow Bellows
* Viennese Table

- Online: $10 Adult | $7 Child | $30 Family Rate
- At the Door: $15 Adult | $10 Child | $40 Family Rate

For more info, click here.


Happy New Year of the Dragon!!!

Hey all, hope you like this dragon poster and card I just designed. Get them at my store www.SFlocal.net or etsy store, and those who were born in the year of the dragon will get 10% off ! Coupon code DRAGON2012 (mention it at the check out)

May you empowered by the Dragon and have a great lucky year! It is said that 2012 is a water dragon year - NO WONDER we have so much rain now! Dragon is suppose to arrive at midnight tonight!

Dragon poster by Niana Liu
Dragon card by Niana Liu
Dragon card by Niana Liu
Dragon card by Niana Liu


Help our neighborhood park

Celebrate the New Year for Nature and help our neighborhood park. Come volunteer and plant with neighbors and friends at Buena Vista Park.

~Taste exotic fruits from the Holy Land.
~Planting at Buena Vista Park.
~Picnic Lunch will be provided - bring your own blanket and water bottle!
~Plant a pot for Tu B’Shvat activity for kids

Date: February 5th, 2012
10:00 am - Meet for planting at the entrance to Buena Vista Park @ Upper Terrace and Buena Vista

12:00 noon - Picnic, Kids Activity and Talk


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